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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) October 15, 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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Online Sales
Safety News
Member News
Upcoming Events
Gas & Supply

Gas & Supply, a distributor of welding equipment and gases that was founded in Louisiana in the early 1980s, has been strategically fostering its future by investing in states with rapid GDP growth. Read more...

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Navigating the Future of Independence
Over the past few years, independent distributors have gone through a sea change focusing on their businesses as they compete with aggressive online counterparts and national corporations. Some small businesses have chosen to sell their companies…to the nationals and large regionals. Two distributors went on a different path. Not willing to give up their independent status and family ownership, Machine & Welding Supply Co., headquartered in Dunn, North Carolina, and Arcet Equipment Co., headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, merged on October 1, 2013. Read how they did it.

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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 Article

First it was books. Then it was blankets. Now it's rods and electrodes.
Launched in April 2012, carries almost 2.5 million industrial products, including welding supplies, with the same fulfillment and ease of sale offered by its older sibling, Read what AmazonSupply's VP of Industrial Supplies told Welding & Gases Today about its foray into our markets.

Distributors are Redefining the Supply Channel
Whether merging new technologies with old-fashioned principles, creating a website name to move beyond geographic borders, finding the competition's weaknesses and going after them, four distributors go on the offense with their digital sales. One of them was recently honored with an award of excellence for its work online, a distinction it shares with Zappos, Bose, Crutchfield and others. Read more here.

Safety & Compliance

PHMSA Administrator Leaves Agency

PHMSA Extends Deadline on Reverse Logistics Proposal

New FDA Medical Gas Compliance Publication

Top 10 OSHA Workplace Safety Violations in 2014

Member News

Distributor Earns Distinction for Online Customer Service

Airgas Raises Argon Prices and Opens New Distribution Facility in Germantown, WI

Gary Schmidt Retires from Coastal Welding Supply

Praxair Provides Funds for 100 Welding Scholarships

WestAir Adds Stores in Texas and California

Taylor-Wharton Cryogenics Achieves Safety Record

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News From GAWDA

Welcome New Members • Welcome to the following companies that recently joined GAWDA: Distributors Spectrum Gas Products of Anaheim, CA; and United Oxygen Company of Frederic, MD; Supplier Flange Wizard of Pacentia, CA and Individual Member Ken Brown of McAlest, OK.

Convention Sponsors • Thank you to the following sponsors who helped to support GAWDA's Annual Convention in San Diego: Abicor Binzel, Acme Cryogenics, Air Products, American Cap Company, Applied Cryo Technologies, Astaras, BTIC America Corporation, Computers Unlimited, Kaplan Industries, Linde, Matheson, McDantim, Mercer Abrasives, Norris Cylinder, Trendex, WDPG Insurance, Weiler Corporation, Weldcoa.

Upcoming Events

Get Your Beads On and Save these Dates
GAWDA is taking over the Big Easy on May 3-5, 2015, for the association's Spring Management Conference. We will be Celebrating the Past and Preparing for the Future in New Orleans. See the schedule and list of events here. Be sure to save the date.

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