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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) November 15, 2013
GAWDA Home Executive Dialogue Links Comments Contact Us Welding & Gases Today
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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2014 Regionals
Member News
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Weldcoa's Leads Lead the Pack!

All Weldcoa's Lead Dog nonmetallic lined flexible leads are manufactured using a true PTFE post-sintered inner core. Weldcoa's proprietary post-sintering process follows aerospace techniques that provide the lowest possible effusion rate, the highest flex life and the widest temperature range of any fluoropolymer available. Read more...

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Distributors who have chosen to remain an independent company face major challenges from large regional and national corporations. Read what they have to say about the challenges and strengths of being a lone wolf.

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Held an open house? Hired a new employee? Share your events, employee promotions, new or renovated facilities and other company news with GAWDA members. Submit your news here.

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Regional Meeting Dates Established for 2014 Regional Meeting Dates Established for 2014

Dates for GAWDA's 2014 Regional Meetings have been finalized. Find a Regional Meeting near you and make plans to attend. View the full calendar here.

Staying relevant in Changing Times

GAWDA's 2014 Spring Management Conference will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago, IL, from Sunday, March 30, to Tuesday, April 1. In keeping with the theme of "Staying Relevant in Changing Times" we have a great lineup of speakers and a special breakfast workshop that is sure to provide usable take-home value. Visit our contact booth program for the most up-to-date information of products and services to help move your company forward. View the schedule online here.

Member News

Keen Compressed Gas Acquires Urie & Blanton Welding Supply Co.

ILMO Products Company Honored with Awards

Victor Technologies Acquires Gas-Arc Group

Lincoln Electric Holdings Appoints European President

LDA Marks 20th Anniversary

ExxonMobil Fined for LF Electric Resistance Welded Pipe Seam Risk Violations

Johnson Joins Keen as Sales Manager

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GAWDA Scholarships

GAWDA Scholarships are now available. The GAWDA Board approved fifteen $2,000 scholarships for 2014. Applications are now available online. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2014. Awardees will be announced at the 2014 Spring Management Conference in Chicago.


Visit the GAWDA Booth at FABTECH. GAWDA will be exhibiting at the upcoming FABTECH show in Chicago in booth N321. Encourage any non-members attending to visit the booth to see how GAWDA can help improve their business.

Renewal Notice

Renewal notices have been sent out to all members. Renew before December 31, 2013, and get 10% off your dues. If you have any questions, please contact GASWDA Membership Coordinator Cecilia Barbier at 877-382-6440 ext. 2.

GAWDA Calendar

Visit our online Calendar of Events for the latest list of 2014 meetings which include all GAWDA meetings as well as affiliated programs.

Upcoming Events
March 31, 2014 – April 2, 2014

Spring Management Conference, Chicago, IL

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