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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) August 1, 2014
GAWDA Home Executive Dialogue Links Comments Contact Us Welding & Gases Today
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Safety Updates
Member News
Transformer: Solving unique challenges during a fill plant upgrade.

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. Read more...

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To quote George W. Bush, "You can't do today's job with yesterday's methods and be in business tomorrow." Read how GAWDA members are redefining entrepreneurship as they reinvent themselves to celebrate future company milestones.

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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
A Personal Reflection

A Personal Reflection
For me, summer began on Memorial Day, a traditional time to remember our service men and women who have given their lives for our country. For my father, who was in the Army Air Corps in WWII (stationed on Tinian Island where he worked as a welder repairing airplanes in the Pacific Theater…yes, tungsten runs in my veins), Memorial Day was sacred. Continue Reading

Where the Money Really Goes • Since its inception in 2000, GAWDA members have donated almost $1.5 million to charities located in the host convention cities through GAWDA Gives Back. In 2012, GAWDA President Bryan Keen chose two non-profits in Colorado Springs to receive a donation of $87,222 each. Recently Partners in Housing sent a letter describing how they are using the money. To learn how other GAWDA Gives Back charities used our donations, read "How GAWDA Gave Back." You may be in for a surprise.

Get a Place to Stay • The room block for GAWDA's Annual Convention is 90% sold! Make your hotel reservations today at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel. Room rate is $229 plus fees and taxes for single and double. The hotel will honor this rate until Friday, August 15. Accommodations can be booked two ways: Online or by calling 877-622-3056. Mention GAWDA for discounted rate.

Safety & Compliance

FMCSA Revises Guidance on Driver Logs Generated by Software

FMCSA Updates Hazardous Materials Route Registry

FMCSA Extends CDL Exemption for Military Veterans

Thoriated Tungsten Electrodes Update

Member News

Abbott Gas Products Sold to Airgas

ARCOS Names General Manager


Helium Supply Update


Astaras Buys Anviloy Product Line


ORS Nasco President Resigns



Praxair Expands New Mexico Nitrogen Plant

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News from GAWDA

Since Last We Met • GAWDA Headquarters seeks your help in honoring those we have lost over the past year. Please forward any information for the "In Memoriam" section of "Since Last We Met," a retrospective that plays during the Opening General Business Session, to Natasha Alexis at

Register Early and Save • Registration for the 2014 Annual Convention is open. To register online now, go to and log in to your account. Enter your own GAWDA account number and passcode, then select Annual Convention Registration. To register via fax or mail, visit the Annual Convention homepage and download the Attendee Registration form. Send completed forms to Headquarters.

Video about GAWDA Gives Back Recipients • You can learn more about this year's two GAWDA Gives Back recipients by watching two videos produced about them. You can get a donation form for this year's GGB recipients here.

Upcoming Events
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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