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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) February 15, 2014
GAWDA Home Executive Dialogue Links Comments Contact Us Welding & Gases Today
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
Super Bowl Highlight
Bobsled Welding
Member News
Upcoming Events
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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Welding and Gases In the Games
Much like the athletes participating in the games, each Olympic host city tries to set the bar a little bit higher than it was four years before. Fortunately, they have some help. Read how our industry was hard at work behind the scenes of the last Winter Olympics making sure everything goes without a hitch.

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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
Distributor Gets Sacked on Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl XLVIII is now a memory; for some GAWDA members, it's a pleasant one, for others not so much. General Air Service and Supply, headquartered in Denver, CO, has a store located about a mile away from Mile High Stadium in Denver. Intense, super fans, the store was a hotbed of activity as the Broncos headed into the Super Bowl. Besides, with what most experts point to as the best offense in the league, what could happen?

About 1,300 miles away in Seattle, WA, the same intense enthusiasm was being shown at Central Welding Supply. Headquartered in North Lakewood, WA, Central Welding Supply also has a location not far from Century Link Field. With what most experts point to as the best defense in the league, the Seattle Seahawks' mission to win the Super Bowl was a daily conversation in the store among customers and employees. Read more...

Secrets to Profitability in 2014 Secrets to Profitability

The 1st Quarter issue of Welding & Gases Today, GAWDA's member journal, is in the mail and online. Read how distributors and suppliers plan to meet the challenges of 2014, what their expectations are, and the new offerings they will be promoting. Author Bart Basi tells you how to determine the worth of your business if you want to sell it. A distributor invents a semi-automatic root-pass system to save time and money for his customers. Preview the Chicago SMC, and learn how Ohio-based James C. Dawes Company is making the most of the shale boom. Get an insider's look at GAWDA President Ned Pontius, find out how new Executive Committee member Bill Visintainer went from the bar room to the board room, and learn how this year's Board of Directors likes to spend money. All this and more in Welding & Gases Today.

Olympic Bobsled Team to Defend Gold Medal in Sochi Cooler Runnings

For those with a need for speed, bobsledding is one of the most popular Olympic sports. In this sport, teams of two or four drivers take sleds that combine light metals, an aerodynamic composite body and steel runners speeding down a carved ice chute at speeds that approach 95 miles per hour. A big part of building a bobsled is the welding that goes into the chassis. The variety of metals that need joining is very broad, everything from a .030- inch aluminum sheet metal to one-inch thick steel. Olympic-caliber bobsleds are faced with up to five Gs of pressure and speeds from 80-100 miles per hour on each run. They also have to deal with uneven ice that makes for a very bumpy ride. That means cracking becomes a problem if the welds aren't done properly. Read how Lincoln Electric helped build a better bobsled that went on to win a gold medal in 2012. You can also view a video of the creation of the sled for the 2014 Games.

Member News

Rego Owner ECI Acquires Superior Products

Weld Specialty Supply Corp. Named Top Distributor

Keen Compressed Gas Opens 15th Store

Acme Relocates Vacuum Jacketed Pipe Facility

Anthony Welded Products Welcomes Fourth Generation

Tech Air Acquires Endweld Supply Corporation

Norco Honored by Idaho's Largest Hospital

Inweld Group Adds Outside Sales Reps

Dean R. Wilson Elected AWS President

AIWD Announces Convention Dates

Lincoln Participates in Additive-Manufacturing Benchmarking Project

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In Memoriam
Frank Sartain, Airgas South Area Vice President

GAWDA extends its condolences to the family of Frank Sartain, who passed away on January 13. Mr. Sartain, 59, was the area vice president at Airgas South. He was previously with Post Welding Supply in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Sartain was an avid outdoorsman and spent many hours with his children and grandchildren hunting, fishing and enjoying wildlife. He had a love for gospel music and sang with his church quartet. He is survived by his wife Diana, two children, grandchildren and other relatives.

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March 30 - April 1

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March 4 - 5

AWS Workshop on Major Changes in OSHA Labeling, Miami, FL

March 9 - 10

GAWDA Regional Meeting, Birmingham, AL

March 24 - 25

GAWDA Regional Meeting,Houston, TX

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