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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) March 1, 2014
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
Why I Go
Member News
Upcoming Events
Benchmarking Uncovers Best Practices
Holston Gases

Holston Gases has been family-owned and operated for well over 50 years, serving customers from 25 locations in four states. "Our mission is simple; To take care of our customers in the timeliest fashion possible," stated Robert Parsons, Holston's operations manager. "That strategy covers distribution in industrial, medical and specialty gases." Read more...

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How do you increase the number of industry association members when the industry itself is plagued by consolidation? This is the question that GAWDA's Member Services Committee is tackling in 2014. Read the plans this hard-working committee has in store.

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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
The Value of Attending GAWDA's Spring Management Conference

Over 400 members have registered for the Spring Management Conference in Chicago. Watch the video to hear compelling reasons why Distributors and Suppliers attend this industry event. And when you're ready to register and make your reservations, visit GAWDA's Spring Management homepage.

Propane Industry Responds to Critics on Supply Issues

Artie Cole, president of the Louisiana Propane Gas Association, says the problem isn't so much exports, but the lack of infrastructure that makes it difficult to meet demand for propane during an extremely cold winter. Read the full story.

Safety & Compliance
FMCSA Publishes Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a proposed rule to establish an online clearinghouse for information on CDL drivers' drug and alcohol test results and refusals to test. 79 Fed. Reg. 9703 (February 20, 2014). The proposed rule would require FMCSA-regulated motor carrier employers, Medical Review Officers, Substance Abuse Professionals and consortia/ third party administrators supporting U.S. Department of Transportation testing programs to report verified positive, adulterated and substituted drug test results, positive alcohol test results, test refusals, negative return-to-duty test results and information on follow-up testing. The proposed rule would also require employers to report actual knowledge of traffic citations for driving a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Once final, the rule would replace the current requirement that motor carrier employers seek drug and alcohol test result information on driver applicants directly from prior employers. Instead, the prospective employers will be able to query the database (with the applicant's written permission) to obtain the test result information.

Safety Posters

GAWDA Safety Committee updates popular safety posters and will have them available for sale at the GAWDA booth at the Chicago SMC.

Member News

Central Welding Supply Opens 19th Store

Delivery Driver Saves Elderly Woman


Victor Technologies Acquired by ESAB Owner



Cyl-Tec Partners with Certified Cylinder Services



Pamela Swanson Recognized for Excellence in Manufacturing

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News From GAWDA

See who will be attending GAWDA's 2014 Spring Management Conference in Chicago. If your name is not on this list, please visit the SMC homepage for more information on registration and hotel reservations. See you on March 30 – April 1.

Upcoming Regional Meetings – Don't Miss Out

Join us in Houston, TX at the Hilton University of Houston for the newest GAWDA Regional Meeting on March 24-25, 2014. Visit for registration information.

Registration is still being accepted for the Birmingham – Dixie Regional Meeting on Sunday March 9 and Monday March 10 at the Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, AL. Contact James Cain at to register.

Upcoming Events
March 31 - April 1

Spring Management Meeting, Chicago, IL

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

April 16

GAWDA Regional Meeting, Biloxi, MS

April 22 - 24

Professional Compliance Seminar, Ball Ground, GA

April 29 -30

CGA Acetylene and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Seminar, Atlanta, GA

A complete listing of regional meetings can be found online.

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