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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) November 15, 2014
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
GAWDA On The Move
Safety and Compliance
Member News
Upcoming Events
Specialty Gas Automation Next Generation Analytical Processing
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GAWDA On The Move
GAWDA headquarters will soon be relocating to its new location in Hollywood, Florida. Keep an eye out for the moving notice which will be sent in both electronic and post card format. In addition to the address change, we will have a new local and fax number. The toll free number (877-382-6440) remains the same, as do all emails and our web address, www.gawda.org. Staff will be working between both locations until the end of the year. We have many transitional details to finalize over this timeframe but expect the move to be seamless.

President Biedermann Visits New Headquarters
GAWDA President Tom Biedermann and his wife Terri visited the new GAWDA Headquarters site in Hollywood, Florida, on October 23. Biedermann went over plans to have the new office operational by January 1, 2015, as well as the AWS handoff for the end of the year. Also under discussion were GAWDA's booth at Fabtech and the introduction and capabilities of the new member database system that will launch with the membership early-bird renewal campaign in November.

Tom and Terri Biedermann at the entrance to GAWDA's new headquarters location in Hollywood, FL, which will be fully operational on January 1, 2015.

GAWDA Plans to Roll Out New Database for Easy Membership Access
GAWDA will be launching a new membership database system before the end of November. Members will see an updated interface that will allow you to renew membership, register for events, update company information, track volunteer activity, review future purchases and pay any open invoices, get receipts, access their members-only documents and much more.

GAWDA President Tom Biedermann (right), Executive Director John Ospina and Operations Manager Natasha Alexis finalize roll-out plans for GAWDA's long-awaited membership database.

Safety and Compliance

DOT Denies Industry Request to Take CSA Scores Offline • Response confirms department's intent to keep the scores public and sidesteps discussing the reliability of scores by focusing on the benefits of using them for enforcement prioritization. Read more...

FMCSA Plans to Survey New CDL Drivers on Training • The stated purpose of the survey is to study the relationship of commercial driver license entry level driver training, as influenced by any subsequent employer training that may have been received, to safety performance of the drivers. Read more...

Unified Carrier Registration • If you are in interstate commerce, you will need to file and pay your fees for the Unified Carrier Registration program. The correct site to use is http://www.ucr.in.gov/. Read more...

OMB Clears Advance NPRM on Minimum Financial Responsibility •Office of Management and Budget report concludes that liability requirements for for-hire motor carriers and hazardous materials transporters, which have not changed since 1985, are overdue for revision. Read more...

Member News

Select-Arc Opens Expanded Facility in Troy, Ohio

Senator Rob Portman Observes National Manufacturing Day at The Harris Products Group

Naked Speed Host Shares Spotlight with Lincoln

Hypertherm Aligns Management Team

In Memoriam: Robert K. Goodliffe, Long-time Industry Veteran

Robert K. Goodliffe, 83, passed away on November 4 after suffering a stroke in October. Mr. Goodliffe began working part-time while in high school at J.W. Goodliffe & Son in Linden, NJ, a company founded by his grandfather. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War as a jet engine mechanic, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Goodliffe began working at J.W. Goodliffe & Son full time in 1953, a third-generation member of the welding supply business. He became owner of the company, which had locations in Linden and Washington, NJ, and Allentown, PA, and worked there until his retirement in 1992. He also owned the Acetylene Supply Company in Woodbridge, NJ, from 1962 to 1998, retaining ownership until 2009. Mr. Goodliffe is predeceased by his wife Ethel, and survived by four children, Barbara, Anne Marie, Robert, who operates J.W. Goodliffe & Son dba Cyberweld, and William, who operates Acetylene Supply Company.

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News From GAWDA

Gettysburg Regional Recap • 104 people, including 23 Distributors and 79 Suppliers, attended the Gettysburg Regional Meeting held on September 2 and 3 in Gettysburg, PA. Speakers addressed e-commerce, leadership strategies and challenges to profits and value. Activities included the always popular Pig Roast and Party in the Parking Lot with a live band, an afternoon of golf, and a silent auction that coupled with sponsorships raised $12,268.41 for GAWDA Gives Back.

GAWDA at Fabtech 2014 • GAWDA had a high profile this past week at Fabtech, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. At the AWS General Business Session, GAWDA President Tom Biedermann and Executive Director John Ospina were recognized as industry partners. Over 80 GAWDA Supplier Members were among the 1,400 companies exhibiting. Many Distributor Members walked the show floor. The GAWDA Booth, manned by GAWDA's Members Services Manager Steven Hill along with GAWDA President-Elect Bill Visintainer and members of the Member Services Committee, was a popular spot to meet GAWDA members and potential new members who wanted to learn about the benefits of GAWDA membership.

Gullco's Brandon Pleasant and Techniweld's Peter Ullman were just 2 of the many GAWDA Supplier Members who stopped by the GAWDA Booth to say hello.

GAWDA President-Elect Bill Visintainer of Atlas Welding Supply Co. meets current and prospective members at the GAWDA Booth.

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