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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) December 15, 2014
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Happy Holidays
Safety and Compliance
Member News
News from GAWDA
New International Warning on the Use of Thoriated Tungsten Electrodes

On October 31, 2014, the IIW (International Institute of Welding) Commission VIII Health and Safety published a report that makes recommendations regarding the use of thoriated tungsten. Read more...

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Were We Prepared for the Battle?
In January 2014, Distributors and Suppliers projected sales activity for 2014. They said they would pursue “nontraditional markets, increase sales with new products, and address the looming challenges of consolidation, acquisition, independence and more. How did we do?  Read “Distributors Are Prepared To Do Battle” and “Suppliers Operate From A Position Of Strength And Leave No Stone Unturned” from the January 2014 issue of Welding & Gases Today.

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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.

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Happy Holidays from GAWDA

GAWDA Membership Renewal
Renew your GAWDA Membership Today and Save! Almost 20% of GAWDA members have already renewed for 2015! If you have not yet renewed, remember, the early bird 10% discount ends on December 31, 2014! Your support continues to make GAWDA, the premier Trade Association for the Industry! Visit to renew online now.

Safety and Compliance

FMCSA Issues Advance NPRM on Minimum Financial Responsibility • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking indicating that the agency is considering raising the minimum financial responsibility levels for for-hire motor carriers, hazardous materials carriers, freight forwarders and brokers. 79 Fed. Reg. 70839 (November 28, 2014). The current minimum levels of liability coverage for personal injury and property damage have not changed since 1985. Read more...

Member News

All Gas Welding Supply Opens Fourth Store


Airgas to Build Liquid Hydrogen Plant in Kentucky

Mike Farris Named VP at Red Ball Oxygen


Weiler Makes Multi-Million Dollar Investment

Acme Expands Sales Team


voestalpine Bohler Welding USA Changes Organizational Structure

Welders Supply Company Hires Director of Corporate Development

In Memoriam: Robert J. Morton

Robert J. Morton

Robert J. Morton, 78, passed away on November 22, 2014. He was director of bulk gases for the central, southern and eastern regions of the Linde Division of Union Carbide and worked there for more than 30 years, following in his father’s footsteps, who also worked at the Linde Division. Mr. Morton was one of the youngest regional managers ever appointed and quickly progressed through the company. He also served as national accounts manager at Praxair. Known to many as “Big Red,” Mr. Morton was recognized as a positive, firm and fair manager who welcomed those just starting out in the industry, helping them to succeed. He was a Mason, Korean War Veteran, avid golfer, and loved history, trivia and traveling. Mr. Morton was predeceased by his wife and is survived by his companion, Lorraine M. Rickman, children Pamela Broome, Bradley Morton and Douglas Morton, who is vice president of sales at Eleet Cryogenics, along with 6 grandchildren other family members.

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News From GAWDA

Welcome New Members • Welcome to the following Distributor companies that have joined GAWDA: Rainier Welding Suppliers in Lakewood, WA, and Welders Supply Company in San Antonio, TX; New Member Suppliers: Continental Abrasives, CPV Manufacturing and Eureka Electrodes and Wires Private Ltd.

Foundation Scholarships Now AvailableGAWDA Scholarships Now Available • The GAWDA Board has approved fifteen $2,000 scholarships for 2015. Applications are now available online. The application deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015. Recipients will be announced at the 2015 Spring Management Conference in New Orleans, LA.

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