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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) May 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
Convention Lineup
Industry News
Upcoming Events
Regional Meetings
Basic Gravimetric Mixture Filling, July 28-30

This course is designed for specialty gas mixture personnel who need the basics of making SG mixtures. Prior lab experience is helpful but not required. This is a 3-day lecture with hands-on lab exercises. Read more...

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Show Me The Money
Members of buying groups and cooperatives understand the buying power inherent in cooperation. In an era of escalating industry consolidation, it can be tough for an independent compressed gases and welding equipment distributor to compete. For that reason, a number of distributors look to buying groups and cooperatives to increase their purchasing power. 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
Magic Johnson to Headline GAWDA Convention in San Diego

Magic Johnson to Headline GAWDA Convention in San Diego

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is a major league baseball owner, NBA legend, 2-time Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and, if Yahoo Sports is correct, possible new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Magic Johnson will headline the speaker lineup at GAWDA's 2014 Annual Convention in September. Other speakers include Qualcomm's Vice President of Global Marketing Dan Novak, Economist Barry Asmus and Multi-General Workplace Experts Meagan and Larry Johnson. More information about the 2014 Annual Convention in San Diego can be found on GAWDA's website.

CVSA's Roadcheck 2014 Slated for June 3-5

It's that time of year again. The CVSA Roadcheck 2014 is right around the corner. The annual inspection event – the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's 72-hour safety blitz – is scheduled for June 3-5. This year's Roadcheck event will be focusing on hazardous materials. Read more...

A Look into Amazon's Online Foray into Industrial Distribution

The May 26, 2014, issue of Forbes magazine takes on Amazon's attempt to operate in the distribution market. was launched quietly in April 2012 with 500,000 items for sale. Currently, there are more than 2.2 million products on the site, including schedule-40 stainless steel pipe and welding equipment. The author questions whether Amazon will sell tanks of CO2 and oxygen. Read the full story here.

Industry News

Dan Taylor to Leave Norco

BASF to Strengthen Propylene-Based Downstream Activities


Taylor-Wharton CryoScience Announces 2014 Partners For Life

Praxair Named to CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for 2014


Innovative Tap into Beverage Market


AWS Extends Scholarship Deadline

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Welcome New Members
GAWDA welcomes Distributor Mitchell Welding Supply, and Suppliers HBD Industries, Irco Automation and Tarantin Industries.

Upcoming Events
June 4 - 5 Regional Seven Springs, PA
July 15 - 16 Regional Oregon, OH
July 23 - 25 Regional Big Sky, MT
August 11 - 12 Regional N. Stonington, CT
September 2 - 3 Regional Gettysburg, PA
September 21 - 24 Convention San Diego, CA
October 6 - 7 Regional Kansas City, MO
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