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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) July 15, 2014
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
Members Celebrate
Safety Update
Industry News
Upcoming Events
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Cylinder Decal Changes
The precautionary statements found on our cylinder decals are being updated to meet the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements. Another change is that our oxygen decals will need to have the GHS cylinder pictogram added to the decal if your decal currently uses only the oxygen yellow-colored diamond. Read more about these changes and view a sample oxygen decal showing the added cylinder pictogram 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
Members Celebrate Anniversaries

Many GAWDA Members are marking a milestone anniversary this year. Together, they represent almost 2,000 years of industry experience! Celebrating 5 to 110 years, these Distributors and Suppliers share how they evolved and how they are tapping into new products, ideas and technologies to reinvest into their companies. Many share old-time industry photos. Read more here...

U.S. Attorney Files Charges for Unauthorized Cylinder Requalification • The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced it obtained a criminal charge against Raymond George, operator of George Welding & Supply of Montoursville, PA, for transporting compressed gas in cylinders that were not properly qualified under the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The criminal information alleges that from January 2001 through January 2012, George fraudulently certified that cylinders containing compressed gases used in the welding industry were properly tested and found to be safe. The information alleges that George's business was not authorized to test cylinders, but that George applied false markings to the cylinders which certified that they had in fact been tested. He then leased the fraudulently marked cylinders to his customers. If convicted, George faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a supervised release term of three years.

Safety & Compliance

PHMSA Issues Safety Advisory on Unauthorized Cylinder Requalification • The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory to notify the public that any DOT-Specification or DOT-Special Permit high-pressure compressed gas cylinder marked as complying with the Hazardous Materials Regulations by Always Safe Fire Extinguisher and Safety, LLC (ASFES), Yonkers, New York, is not authorized for the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce.

FMCSA Announces 30,000 Medical Examiners Now Certified • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that some 30,000 medical examiners are now certified and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Member News

Executive Changes at Mississippi Welders Supply


Metro Welding Supply Acquires Company


Praxair Announces Price Increases

AWISCO Establishes Workforce Development Award


Red Ball Oxygen Expands Houston Footprint

Cyl-Tec Adds Sales Development Specialist


America Fortune Changes Name

Cee Kay Supply Promotes Welding Badge


Airgas Honors Top Branches

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News from GAWDA

GAWDA Members Invited to CGA Meeting • The Compressed Gas Association has opened registration to GAWDA members to the CGA Safety Seminar on Cylinder Requalification operations to be held September 30-October 2 in Boston, MA.

Welcome New Members • Welcome to new Supplier Members Broco-Rankin of Ontario, CA, and Mack Valves of Victoria, Australia, as well as Manufacturers' Representative Ronald Williams of Columbia Station, OH.

In Sympathy • GAWDA sends condolences to the family and friends of Tony Blaskoski, 54, who passed away on July 6. Mr. Blaskoski was the director of sales-North America at LA-CO Industries. Mr. Blaskoski is survived by his wife of 32 years, Annette, two daughters and other family members.

Upcoming Events
July 16 - 17 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 - 23 Convention San Diego, CA
October 6 - 7 Regional Kansas City, MO
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