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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) January 15, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
Membership Renewal
Safety Alerts
Member News
Regional Meetings
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The Distribution Channel may be in the midst of a redefinition, with suppliers selling direct, new players in the marketplace, increasing online sales, shrinking margins. Distributors talk about the good and the not-so-good with their supply chain partner. Suppliers have their say too.

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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

GAWDA – Strong, Proud, Independent…And Now at a New Address
GAWDA Headquarters has officially moved into its new office in Hollywood, FL. Please update all your records to the new address: One Oakwood Blvd., Suite 195, Hollywood, FL 33020. Toll number (954) 367-7728, Fax (954)367-7790. The toll free number (877)382-6440 is still the same.

Membership Renewal Discount Ends January 16
The GAWDA membership renewal 10% discount has been extended until Friday, January 16. Renew today and save. Visit to renew online.

Safety & Compliance

Congress Passes Appropriations Bill Revising 34-Hour Restart

FMCSA Announces Final Rule Eliminating No-Defect Inspection Reports

Regulatory Review and Reform

Food Gas Regulation Update

Member News

Mississippi Welders Supply Acquires Denzer CO2 & Service

Cee Kay Supply Honored for Service to Industry

WestAir’s National City Plant Goes Solar

Acme Hires Key Account Manager

Carl Gribschaw Joins Eleet

AWISCO Receives Image of Welding Award

New Territory Manager Named for St. Louis

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News From GAWDA

Welcome New Members
Welcome to these Supplier members that recently joined GAWDA: JPW Industries; Coleman Cable and Sundisc Abrasives USA. For more information about GAWDA membership and benefits, please visit our website.

GAWDA Scholarships Now Available
The GAWDA Board approved fifteen $2,000 scholarships for 2015. Applications are available online at GAWDA’s website. Application deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015. Recipients will be announced at the 2015 Spring Management Conference in New Orleans. GAWDA funds this program through member contributions. GAWDA will match all member contributions up to a total not to exceed $25,000. If you would like to support it, please download the donation form Donations can also be made during SMC registration. To all GAWDA Members, thank you for your continued support of the future leaders of our Industry.

GAWDA Launches Mobile-Compatible Website
The GAWDA website has been upgraded to a mobile-compatible platform for easy navigation on a smartphone and tablet. User-friendly dropdown screens respond quickly. The look and navigation have not changed when accessed on a computer. This upgrade allows for the possibility of future apps and other features.

Upcoming Events

GAWDA Spring Management Conference

SAVE THE DATE The 2015 Spring Management Conference
The Spring Management Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA, on Sunday, May 3 through Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the New Orleans Marriott, centrally located within the heart of the French Quarter. Make your calendars!

Regional Meeting Schedule Finalized
The 2015 Regionals are on the calendar. A new location has been added: Houston, TX, April 6-7. Locations, dates and chairs are below:

February 11 - 12 Tustin, CA Zachary Schwartz
Ron Barnett
March 29 - 30 Birmingham, AL James Cain
April 6 - 7 (*NEW*) Houston, TX Ashley Madray
June 15- 17 Seven Springs, PA Abydee Butler Moore
July 15 – 17 Bellevue, WA Marnie Miller
July 22 – 23 East Lansing, MI John DeHoust
Bob Ranc
August 5 – 6 Chicago, IL Hector Villarreal
August 10 – 11 N. Stonington, CT Jay Kapur
September 9 – 10 Gettysburg, PA Doug Morton
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