November 1 , 2015 – Member News

Kaplan Industries Appoints Paul O’Neal as VP of Operations

Paul O'Neal

Paul O’Neal was named vice president of operations for Kaplan Industries’ production facility in Harrison, OH. O’Neal brings more than 36 years of industry experience to Kaplan Industries, most recently as vice president for technical at Cyl-Tec. Prior to that, he worked in sales of specialty products, technology and product development with Coyne Cylinder, Thermadyne Industries and Taylor-Wharton.

Airgas Names John F. Sheehan as President-Airgas South Division

John F. Sheehan was named President-Airgas South Division, reporting to Andrew R. Cichocki, President-Airgas USA. Sheehan succeeds Chuck Broadus, who recently left Airgas to pursue other opportunities. Sheehan has been serving as Area Vice President in the Airgas South Region since 2009. He joined Airgas in 2009 after selling his former business, TriTech, to Airgas. Prior to Tri-Tech, he served as vice president and COO of Bishop’s Welding Supply from 1981 to 1990. The Airgas South Division is comprised of 3 Airgas distribution regions and encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Air Products Brings “Back to the Future” to the Present

On the 30th anniversary of the movie “Back to the Future,” Toyota unveiled its “Fueled by the Future” campaign that focuses on its new hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, and its technology due in part to the hydrogen fuel research and work of Air Products. A video shows an Air Products steam methane reformer, which produces large-scale quantities of hydrogen, as well as a hydrogen fueling station. Read the full article and see the video here.

MWS Gives Back to Welding Program

Mississippi Welders Supply (MWS) recently donated approximately 3,000 lbs. of welding rod and wire to the welding program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in New Richmond, WI. “It’s great to see a local welding program thrive and continue to grow like this one has. We’re always interested in giving back to the communities we serve and this was a good opportunity for us to do so,” says MWS Operations Manager Troy Elmer. MWS has been involved with WITC since the school revived the welding program over 10 years ago. The company is active on WITC’s advisory committee and has provided many man hours installing and helping spec equipment for their classroom, as well as bringing in vendors for training. Says Elmer, “There is a desperate need for skilled workers in our field and we will do whatever we can to help this program survive and even thrive. We had a surplus of slow moving inventory that we knew could be used by a school so it was a great way to move the inventory to a place where it was more useful. I encourage other distributors to do the same thing.”

MWS Outside Sales Rep Tom Morrissey and MWS Branch Manager Steve Lundborg (front with black jackets), deliver welding rod and wire to WITC Welding Program Instructor Dan Wilkinson (far right) and welding students.

Pat Garten Wins IWDC’s Top Award

In recognition for his contributions to IWDC, the industrial gas and welding industry and the surrounding Indianapolis community, Pat Garten, president of Sutton-Garten Company, was presented the Memorial Bob Jackson Award at the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) Owners Meeting, held in September in Sarasota, FL. The honor is bestowed annually on a member who has “gone above and beyond” in their support of the organization. Former NWSA President Bob Jackson played an integral part in the formation of the IWDC. The Bob Jackson is considered the preeminent award of the IWDC. Criteria for the award includes: strong volunteer spirit, supportive of independents, viewed internally and externally as a respected leader, and is community- and family-centric.

Sutton-Garten is a fourth-generation company headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. Pat Garten has been leading his company’s growth for over 40 years. During his leadership, the company installed a multi-gas cylinder filling station, expanded their welder repair and rental department and established a recognized welding training and certification center. Sutton-Garten also diversified into bulk liquid carbon dioxide distribution to beverage and industrial customers and production of dry ice for shipping perishables and dry ice blasting applications.

Uniweld Saves a Life

Uniweld Products hosts company blood drives at their headquarters in Fort Lauderdale twice each year, providing employees with the opportunity to give to those in need and quite possibly save a life. OneBlood’s Big Red Bus rolled into Uniweld’s facility in Fort Lauderdale on October 19. As an incentive to donate, OneBlood rewards donors with tokens of appreciation and on this day, Uniweld employees were rewarded with t-shirts, comedy show tickets, and chances to stay at a hotel resort. Uniweld employees were proud to make OneBlood donations, several of which were repeat donors.