First Quarter 2017

C O V E R   S T O R I E S

Introducing ITR Economics – and GAWDA’s Chief Economist
GAWDA Adds Eminent Consulting Firm to Provide Forecasts, Analyses, Alerts
By Diane Stirling

Optimism in the Air for Distributors
Many See Improving Prospects for 2017, Tell What Has Helped Them Grow
By Charles McChesney and Diane Stirling

Suppliers Are Ready for a Year of Growth
Many Member Companies Have Invested, Reorganized for 2017
By Charles McChesney


2017’s SMC Set in Beautiful Boca Raton


Which Ways Are the Shifting Political Winds Blowing?
Washington Watchers Offer Insights and Predictions for the New Administration
By Diane Stirling

Wonders of Welding
Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium Throws Open Its Doors
By Charles McChesney

Customers Trust Family Businesses More
The Family-Business Trust Factor
By Jeremy Miller


Mississippi Welders Supply
Growing by Scratch-Starts, IT and Now, Acquisitions
By Charles McChesney



2017: New Look, New Ideas and an Energized Team
An Energetic Start to 2017
By Mark Raimy


Membership Renewal Ensures Continuing GAWDA Benefits for Members
By John Ospina


DOT Issues Final Rule on Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
By Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq.

Essential CGA Resources: Free and Easy to Obtain
By by Thomas L. Badstubner

How to Know and Abide By DOT Drug and Alcohol Rules
By Michael Dodd

Welding & Gases Today is published quarterly: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Non-member subscription rate is $195.00 per year. GAWDA members (key contacts and branch locations) receive the magazine as part of their dues. GAWDA members can order additional yearly subscriptions (4 issues) for $40.

Executive Editor – John Ospina Editor in Chief – Diane Stirling
Senior Editor – Charles McChesney Contributing Editor – Natasha Alexis
Creative Services Manager – Robin Turk Vice President, Sales – Tim Hudson
Publisher – William Brod