Connection News Archive

  • Feb. 15 Supplier Connections

    Supplier Connections What’s hot in the 2018 marketplace? What new products and services have GAWDA suppliers and manufacturers got to help gases and welding supplies distributors boost 2018 business levels? Check out the new products and initiatives GAWDA suppliers and manufacturers have this year, and read how their newest offerings can give distributors a leg up on [...]

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  • Feb 1. Member News

    MEMBER NEWS IWDC Sets All-Time Annual Spend Record The annual spend of Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative, Inc., (IWDC) member companies through their co-op exceeded $216 million in 2017, smashing a prior record established in 2014 by more than $12 million, the co-op reports. Frank Kasnick, president and CEO, says the IWDC also set six separate all-time monthly records [...]

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  • Jan. 1 Supplier Connections

    Supplier Connections What’s ‘hot’? What have they got? Check out these suggestions for new products and services that can help you get a leg up on business in the New Year. What’s hot for 2018’s marketplace? What new things have suppliers and manufacturers got on hand to help gases and welding supplies distributors make money or save [...]

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  • Dec. 15, 2017 Member News

    In Memoriam Airgas Co-Founder Thomas Mason Airgas co-founder Thomas Mason, of Malvern, Pa., passed away on November 26 at the age of 84. He was born in Somerville, N.J. and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in industrial engineering. While at RPI he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Navy ROTC and he played [...]

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  • Membership Campaign Aims for a Bigger, Stronger GAWDA

    GAWDA Distributors, Suppliers Helping in Recruitment Effort In an initiative being led by members of the Membership Services Committee, assisted by headquarters staff and involving the entire membership, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has announced a new-member recruitment program. Called the “Member-Get-A-Member” program, the initiative is designed to strengthen, grow, and diversify the distributor and [...]

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  • Convention Line-Up of Speakers

    DAVID NOUR, Author, CEO of The Nour Group David Nour has been a recognized strategist and thought leader on the topic of business relationships for more than 25 years. He delivers over 50 keynotes annually at leading industry associations, universities and Fortune 500 companies, has several top selling books and pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are [...]

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  • GAWDA Mourns Loss of Three Industry Veterans

    Tony Priest, Inside Sales Representative at Sky Oxygen Anthony ‘Tony’ Priest, 51, passed away unexpectedly on May 24 at his home. Mr. Priest worked as an inside sales representative at Sky Oxygen in Pittsburgh, PA. He began his 26-year career at Sky Oxygen as a driver. He also held positions in the plant and repair shop. [...]

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  • March 15, 2015 – Safety & Compliance

    CVSA Publishes New Edition of Inspection Handbook The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has published a new edition of its North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook. The April 1, 2015, edition replaces and supersedes all previous editions. Part I of the handbook details violations which would place a driver out-of-service. Part II identifies Critical Vehicle Inspection Items and provides [...]

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Is a Good Day for the Gas Industry

    Across the world, massive amounts of CO2 and nitrogen will be consumed as thirsty citizens celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. More than 4.2 billion pints of beer will be consumed on this single day—that’s about 1 percent of the annual consumption total. Just how much gas will be consumed? Different beers have different amounts of CO2. [...]

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  • February 15, 2015 – Safety & Compliance

    Cylinder Decals The long awaited CGA C-7 publication on cylinder decals has been published. Most if not all of the precautionary statements have been modified to meet the GHS requirements, and several products require additional pictograms. Any cylinders that you fill must have the updated decals on them when shipped after June 1, 2015, and any cylinders [...]

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