June 15, 2014 – Member News

Airgas Announces Pricing Actions

Beginning July 1, 2014, or as contracts permit, Airgas’ operating units will increase prices on bulk and packaged industrial, medical and specialty gases by 5-15% and on argon by up to 25%. Welding hardgoods and safety products prices will increase by 3-5%, and delivery and other service fees will also be adjusted. Cylinder and bulk tank rental rates were increased by 5-15% effective June 1, 2014, or as contracts permit. Some price adjustments may be outside of these ranges based on specific market conditions. “Our actions are in response to cost pressure on several fronts, including production expenses, supplier costs, labor and benefits, and regulatory compliance. In addition, persistent imbalances in supply and demand for certain products, particularly argon, are affecting distribution expenses, while natural gas and power costs continue to rise,” says Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Molinini. “We are working to mitigate rising costs by investing in technology and infrastructure to more efficiently serve our customers.”

Praxair Starts Up Air Separation Unit in Tennessee

Praxair’s new 600 tons-per-day air separation unit in Memphis, Tennessee, expands the company’s ability to supply gaseous and liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to customers across the southeastern United States. Using state-of-the-art technology, energy efficient processes and argon recovery, the facility will serve liquid-product customers, including the region’s growing automotive industry.

Haun Takes Boy Scout Motto to Heart: Get Prepared

With help from Haun Welding Supply and Lincoln Electric, the Boy Scouts of America learned to weld at the 2014 CamporAll.

Haun Welding Supply, headquartered in Syracuse, NY, along with Lincoln Electric, were corporate/executive event sponsors of the 2014 Boy Scouts of America CamporAll, held May 16-18 in Rhinebeck, NY. Over 4,000 Scouts attended the three-day event. Erich Haun, branch manager of Haun Welding Supply’s Latham, NY, store, and Dale Kapuschinski from Lincoln Electric along with local instructors, introduced Scouts of all ages to welding, teaching them how to weld their initials onto a 2×2 pad. Haun says the lines to weld were 10 people deep the entire day, with three instructors and three welders. Excitement among the new welders was high as they learned a new skill.

IWDC Raises Over $20K in Celebration of 20th Anniversary

In recognition of its March 1994 incorporation as a cooperative and consistent with a key cooperative principle, Concern for Community, IWDC’s Member Owners and Vendor Partners topped their fund drive goal during their May 13-15 Sales & Purchasing Convention. “We set a goal early on to raise $20,000 for the Wish For Our Heroes (WFOH) Foundation and are very pleased to announce we collected $20,860.75 for this noble cause, says Ed Holmes, IWDC’s VP of hardgoods marketing & supply chain.

WFOH is a national charity headquartered in Noblesville, IN, that was established in 2009 as a non-profit foundation whose sole purpose is to grant wishes for active-duty military soldiers and their families. WFOH is dedicated to “Helping Heroes Battle Hardships.”

The convention’s 500+ attendees gathered to conduct business, network, train and learn from each other. Raffles and donations in the form of purchased “WFOH bonds” were mixed in during the three day racing-themed event. The money donated will be used to help a military family who lost all their belongings to a home fire.

WestAir Announces Executive Assignments

WestAir Gases & Equipment, headquartered in San Diego, CA, made the following executive appointments: Stephen Castiglione was appointed CEO. Steven Byers replaces Castiglione as president & COO, reporting to Castiglione. Andrew Castiglione remains as chairman. John Larner, previously director of finance, was promoted to chief financial officer. David Melo was named director of supply chain management, both reporting to Byers. “These new assignments will support our expansion while ensuring flawless execution of our growth strategies going forward,” says Byers.

Stephen Castiglione

Steven Byers

John Larner

David Melo

Middlesex Gases & Technologies Introduces New Website

Middlesex Gases & Technologies of Everett, MA, completed a redesign of its website, www.MGTWeldingSupplies.com, offering new enhancements, including information about Middlesex’s capabilities and product lines. The site includes an online safety quiz where industry insiders can test their knowledge of safety operations in their workplace, as well as learn more about safety-related equipment and courses. Visitors may also view a full gallery of equipment. The site lists seasonal sales as well as a mobile application form for obtaining welding parameters in reference to various steels and filler metals. There is even a “garage sale” with extended discounts on limited supply objects. The new site was designed to provide a positive user experience with user-friendly navigation.

Direct Wire & Cable Named Finalist for Pennsylvania Governor’s Award

Direct Wire & Cable was recognized as one of five finalists for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governor’s ImPAct Award for Small Business. The Small Business Award is given to a small business that has been an innovator within its industry, demonstrated revenue/profit growth, increased its workforce and committed to the growth and development of employees and community. The company must have 100 or fewer employees. Nominations for the award were provided by the state’s regional economic development partners; 247 companies were nominated for this category.

Dave Mahoney Finally Gets One

Past GAWDA President, Avid Golfer and Best Brother Dave Mahoney, president of Noble Gas Solutions in Albany, NY, made a pact with his brother Dan, his golfing partner for many years. That pact was written about in The Daily Gazette on June 9. Read “Brothers’ pact results in a very special hole-in-one” here.