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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) January 15, 2014
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Safety News
Member News
New Members
GAWDA Calendar
Noble Gas "18 Pack" Solutions
Noble Gas Solutions

For more than 70 years, Noble Gas Solutions has delivered gases as well as hardgoods to customers throughout upstate New York's Tech Valley region and into southern Vermont and western Massachusetts. It does so from its original location in Albany, NY, founded in 1940, and from a branch location in Kingston, NY, opened in 1996. Read more...

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Service Techs Wanted!
Distributors talk about what they are looking for when hiring service technicians. Read more here.

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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.

Featured Articles
Final Rule Addresses Hours of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued guidance that offers relief from one of the unintended consequences of the short-haul driver exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the driver hours of service regulations. 78 Fed. Reg. 76757 (December 19, 2013). The guidance addresses the scenario where a CMV driver who is not subject to the log book or 30-minute break requirement might exceed 12 hours on duty, or drive outside the 100- or 150- air mile radius, and therefore must fill out a log book for that duty period; under the current rules, that driver has also violated the break requirement if s/he drove after 8 hours on duty without a 30-minute break. Read what this guidance means for GAWDA members...

Severe Winter Weather Causes Business Delays, Including Propane "Drought"

Since mid-December, weather across the United States has been forcing businesses to close, roads to shut down, and the delivery of products to customers to come to a standstill. An unexpected result of the frigid weather is the rising price of propane, a gas used to heat a significant number of homes and businesses throughout the northeast. The United States Energy Information Administration reports that the price of propane has risen 31 cents from $3.17 a gallon to $3.48 over the past five weeks. The primary reason for the increase is a propane shortage caused by fierce winter weather that has hampered the fuel's delivery to New England. It is estimated that 75 to 80 percent of the propane used to heat New England homes is delivered to the region by rail. With temperatures so low, rail switches can freeze. Trains stop moving. Read more here.

GAWDA Membership Renewal Extended

GAWDAIf you haven't renewed yet, you have until January 17 to submit renewal payment and still enjoy the 10% savings. You can renew online. For questions, email or phone (877) 382-6440 ext. 2.

Safety & Compliance
PHMSA Proposes Tank Amendment

On December 30, 2013, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 49 CFR Parts 171, 173, 178, and 180 (HM-241). PHMSA is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to the design, construction, certification, recertification and maintenance of cargo tank motorvehicles, cryogenic portable tanks and multi-unit tank car tanks (ton tanks) in response to petitions for rulemaking from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (National Board), and the Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA). Specifically, this NPRM proposes to allow the use of the 2013 edition of the ASME's Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XII (Section XII) for the design, construction, and certification of cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks and ton tanks. PHMSA also proposes to authorize the use of the 2013 edition of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors' National Board Inspection Code (NBIC), as it applies to the continuing qualification and maintenance of ASME constructed cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks, and ton tanks constructed to standards in ASME's Section XII, and existing cargo tank motor vehicles and portable tanks constructed to Section VIII, Division 1. If adopted, these amendments will allow for regulatory flexibility, without compromising safety.

Member News

Melo's Gas & Gear Sold to WestAir

Central Welding Supply Adds Two Locations

WestAir Acquires North Texas Welders Supply

Cee Kay

Haun Helps Boy Scouts Earn Welding Badge


Tier 5 Labs Earns Accreditation

Air Products Opens Florida Manufacturing Plant

Airgas to Build Second Air Separation Unit in Connecticut

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In Memoriam
Daniel Cristiano, President of Cristiano Welding Supply Company

Dan CristianoDaniel A. Cristiano, 58, was the president of Cristiano Welding Supply Company in Moosic, Pennsylvania. After earning an electrical degree, Mr. Cristiano joined his parents in the business. A strong proponent of education, he attended several welding schools and continued to learn about the industry, information he brought to his customers. In an interview with Welding & Gases Today in 2012, Mr. Cristiano pointed out the importance of helping customers find solutions. He said, "Customers want answers to questions, and if we don't know it, we must find it for them." He treated his customers as friends and knew many by their first name. Committed to the local community, he sponsored a bowling team and shared his skill as an accomplished drummer with his band. Surviving are his wife Mary, sons Daniel A., Bryan and Brad.

News from GAWDA

2014 SMC

Register Now for the Chicago SMC and Save

Early registration is now available for the 2014 Spring Management Conference. Register Online here. To register via fax or mail, visit the Spring Management Conference homepage, download the Registration form and send completed form to Headquarters.

SMC Hotel Reservations

The Sheraton Hotel Chicago is now taking reservations for the Spring Management Conference. GAWDA has negotiated a special rate of $241.00 for single or double occupancy. For more information on hotel reservations visit

Get Out of the Cold!

Join GAWDA members and guests for the first Regional Meeting of the season. The Southern California Regional Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 14 at the Tahquitz Creek Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA. Enjoy cocktail reception, speakers, golf and more! For more information, visit the GAWDA Regional Meetings web page. Register online today. Contact Regional Chair Ron Barnett with questions at 714-721-7265 or

Welcome New Members

The following companies have joined the association: Distributors Anthem Propane Exchange in Northbrook, IL; Dun-Lap Mfg. Company in Unionville, MO; SFM Construction Supply in Liberty, MO; Compressed Solutions in Antioch, CA; and Suppliers GTM Technologies in San Francisco, CA; and Paraco Gas Corp. in Rye Brook, NY.

GAWDA 2014 Calendar of Events
2014 GAWDA Events
February 12-13

Regional Meeting, Palm Springs, CA

March 9-10

Regional Meeting, Birmingham, AL

March 24-25

Regional Meeting, Houston, TX

March 31-April 2

Spring Management Conference, Chicago, IL

April 16-17

Regional Meeting, Biloxi, MS

May 8-9

Regional Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ

June 4-5

Regional Meeting, Seven Springs, PA

July 15-16

Regional Meeting, Oregon, OH

July 23-25

Regional Meeting, Big Sky, MT

August 11-12

Regional Meeting, N. Stonington, CT

September 2-3

Regional Meeting, Gettysburg, PA

September 21-24

Annual Convention, San Diego, CA

October 6-7

Regional Meeting, Kansas City, MO

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