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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) March 15, 2014
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Oxarc Pasco Fill Facility
Oxarc Pasco Fill Facility

Decades of growth had segmented the dock-high cylinder fill facility at Oxarc Pasco into partitioned fill spaces. Specific product fill rooms had organically evolved over time into a cobbled flow choking maze. Randy McBride, Oxarc's Operations Manager, was charged with improving these cylinder flow issues. He knew transforming the existing facility, without disrupting business, would not be easy. He called Weldcoa. Read more...

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Given a free reign, employees change a long-standing manual process to a semi-automatic one and in the process shave hours off a process. Lampton Welding Supply gives team members the freedom to dream big for its customers. Read more.

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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

Welding and Gases Distributors Are Prepared To Do Battle

By all accounts, the economy is beginning a slow crawl upward. Distributors interviewed for Welding & Gases Today’s Annual Business Forecast anticipate sales to increase at a rate of 9.4%. GAWDA Distributors are focusing on finding new markets, increasing their inventory, adding sales staff, opening stores in new locations, getting more efficient, and making sure all deliveries are on-time. They have high hopes for suppliers’ new products. Read their comments on all of these topics, as well as their thoughts on supplier solicitation of direct business, the value of remaining independent, the health care crisis and more.


Four Things To Know Before Heading To Chicago
  1. Attire for the meeting is business casual.
  2. If traveling in a group of two or more from the airport to/from the hotel, a taxicab is less expensive as it costs $25-$60 one way from O’Hare or Midway. By comparison, the GO Airport Shuttle costs $24-$58 per person.
  3. There will be a registration table during the President’s Welcome Reception at the Field Museum for members who are unable to pick up their badges at the hotel.
  4. Shuttle service will be provided to the Field Museum from the Sheraton Chicago and Swissotel.

Biloxi and Atlantic City Regionals Change Dates

The Regional Meeting in Biloxi, MS, will now be held on April 23-24. The Regional Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ, will now be held on May 7-8. A complete listing of all Regional Meetings can be found here.  

Member News

Welding and Therapy Service Sold to Airgas


Chart Facility Ranked in Top 100


Matheson Acquires Dry Ice Supplier



Update on Bay Bridge Welds

    Laredo, Texas, Receives Money for New Welding Equipment


Airgas Splits North Central Region Into Two

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News From GAWDA

Clearinghouse Items for Sale
Whether you’re looking to get rid of excess inventory, or looking to shop around, the GAWDA Clearinghouse is the place for you.  Stop by the website to browse recently added items. If you would like to post something, send an email with the details to Cecilia Barbier at

Upcoming Events
March 24 - 25

GAWDA Regional Meeting, Houston, TX

March 31 - April 1

Spring Management Conference, Chicago, Il

April 22 - 24

Professional Compliance Seminar, Ball Ground, GA

April 16

GAWDA Regional Meeting, Biloxi, MS

April 29 -30

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

A complete listing of regional meetings can be found online.


The photo on the front page of an early version of the March 1 GAWDA Connection did not link properly. It now has the proper link.   

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