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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) December 1, 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
Made in America
Safety and Compliance
Member News
Upcoming Events
Conquering Challenges with Weldcoa's Adaptable Fill Automation Software

Tyco In-House Inergen® Filling System.

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As more companies jump into the water of online sales, especially manufacturers, distributors are taking a hard look at AmazonSupply. First it was books. Then it was blankets. Now it's rods and electrodes.

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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

Made in America Series Highlights Welders Who Built Nation
The contributions of America's industrial-era workers are memorialized on a sheet of Forever stamps titled "Made in America: Building a Nation." While issued a year ago, some local post offices are just now showing them. The stamps feature black-and-white photographs of early 20th-century industrial workers, including a welder on the Empire State Building. Eleven of the stamp images were taken by photographer Lewis Hine, who is famous for his work which helped tell the story of early 20th-century laborers. A Margaret Bourke-White photo of a female welder is also featured. U.S. Dept. of Labor Secretary Tom Perez calls the stamps "an expression of our values and a connection to our past. These iconic images tell a powerful story about American economic strength and prosperity. These men and women and millions like them really did build a nation." You can see and buy these stamps at your local post office and at this link. You can also read an article about Margaret Bourke-White's photographs of welders here.

The Distribution Channel Conversation Continues
Distributors and Suppliers are still talking about the articles in the Fall issue of Welding & Gases Today, GAWDA's member publication. In the series entitled, Supply Chain Summit, both sides talk about the other, the challenges they are facing, some solutions, and what they hope will happen in the coming year as they both try to grow their businesses. If you have not read this series, you can still read it online.

Spring Conference Schedule Established
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. Be sure to save the date. See the schedule and list of events here.

Safety and Compliance

Federal Advisory Against Pipeline Reversals • Federal regulators are warning that reversing the flow of oil and gas pipelines or changing the product they carry could have a major impact on a line's safety and integrity. This is the first time PHMSA has formally warned about the potential safety hazards that come with restarting or reworking pipelines. The notice states that if these changes are not handled properly, the likelihood of pipeline ruptures and leaks is increased. Read more...

Member News

New Fill Plant for General Distributing Company


Acme Names New President

Taylor-Wharton Names VP/General Manager


Lincoln Electric Acquires RealWeld

If This Equipment Shows Up at Your Store, Call the Police


Praxair to Increase Liquid and Gaseous Nitrogen Supply in New Mexico

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Upcoming Events
May 3-5, 2015 GAWDA Spring Management Conference New Orleans, LA
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