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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) February 15, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Online Sales
Safety Updates
Member News
Headquarters Info
New GHS-Compliant Standards
Central Welding Supply

Central Welding Supply has more than 20 locations in Washington State, providing customers with industrial, medical, beverage and specialty gases, cryogenics, and related equipment and supplies. Read more...

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It’s An Exciting Time To Be a Distributor
New markets, fresh staffing, better efficiencies and a strong sense of purpose are propelling distributors around and through many challenges. Read why distributors are looking ahead with confidence.

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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

Suppliers Invest In Their Companies
A more stable economy has brought about big plans for many Suppliers, who plan to shake up the industry with new products, new hires, new construction and increased support of their distributor partners. Read more here...

Buy Two SMC Registrations, Get One Free
Registration for the May 3-4 SMC in New Orleans opened on February 2, and over 100 registrations were received in the first week! Value-packed business sessions on industrial distribution, leadership, sales strategies, as well as the Contact Booth Program and the President’s Welcome Reception hosted at the memorable Mardi Gras World make this SMC a must-attend event on your calendar. Read about the speakers and other opportunities available.

Investigation Launched into CDL Test Taking
Two U.S. drivers pleaded guilty in a fraudulent Commercial Driver's License (CDL) test-taking scheme in late January and early February of 2015. Conspiring CDL applicants paid between $1,800-$2,500 in return for CDL exam answers and escort assistance through DMV processes. Fraud schemes included the use of pencils containing miniaturized encoded test answers. Read full story...

Safety & Compliance

EPA Inventory Reporting Due March 1
Don’t forget that the SARA Title III inventory reporting is due March 1 for any company that had more than 10,000 pounds of any hazardous material on the property during 2014, or any materials on the extremely hazardous materials list above the threshold planning quantities during 2014. A great place to get more information is found here.

Cylinder Decals
The long awaited CGA C-7 publication on cylinder decals has been published. Most if not all of the precautionary statements have been modified to meet the GHS requirements, and several products require additional pictograms. Read more...

PHMSA Proposes to Incorporate Special Permits into HMRs
Some special permits proposed for amendment into the HMR are related to DOT specification cylinders, aerosol containers, pressure vessels, portable tanks and package labeling. Read more...

FMCSA Issues Bulletin to Medical Examiners on Sleep Apnea
The bulletin references the agency’s advisory criteria from October 5, 2000, which clarifies when a driver meets the medical standards in 391.41(b)(5) on respiratory function. Read more...

FMCSA Releases Crash Weighting Analysis
Weighting of truck crashes by fault is important for motor carriers’ safety records; at present, carriers’ Safety Management System scores include all crashes, whether the carrier or its driver was at fault or not. Read more...

Member News

Noble Gas Solutions Begins 75th Year by Giving Away


Tech Air to Acquire Prest-O-Sales and Prest-O-Peconic

Acme Expands Sales Team


AIWD Adds Members

Red Ball Oxygen Adds Technical Gas Business Development Manager


Bud Allen Named Kaplan Vice President

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News From GAWDA

Welcome New Members
GAWDA is pleased to welcome Commercial Miscellaneous Sales, a distributor based in Uniontown, PA, and supplier member Advanced Beverage Solutions of Roselle, IL. More information about member benefits can be found at

GAWDA Group Health Program
In response to the e-mail blast sent out on February 2, GAWDA members have been calling and sending their census information. The initial collection of census information runs through February 20. GAWDA staff and The Horton Group will be compiling this information and will publish an FAQ sheet in the near future.

Register Now for 2015 Spring Management Conference
Join GAWDA members in New Orleans on May 3-5 to “Celebrate the Past and Prepare for the Future.” A list of speakers and events can be found here.

2015 Regional Meeting Registrations Now Available
GAWDA Regional Chairs continue to improve their meetings by offering more take-home value and dynamic speakers. Come and see why attending regional meetings is a good value.

Consultant Webinar Recordings on the Members-Only Portal
Recordings of recently held webinars are on the Members-Only Portal of the website. The January 30 Gas Roundtable addressed updates and compliance with food gas regulations, and offered simple and effective solutions; The February 5 Medical Gas Alert webinar addressed the Western Enterprises VIPR Voluntary Recall Procedures.

GAWDA’s Toll Free Number Has Changed
As of the end of February, GAWDA’s old toll free number (877-382-6440) will no longer be available. The new toll free number is 844-251-3219. Please update your records. All other contact information remains the same. Local: 954-367-7728; Fax: 954-367-7790; Address; One Oakwood Blvd. Suite 195, Hollywood, FL 33020.

Five Days Left to Apply for GAWDA Scholarships
Available to children and employees of active GAWDA member companies, the application deadline is February 20. Read more about the scholarships to be presented at the SMC.

Upcoming Events
March 31 - April 2 Professional Compliance Seminar Ball Ground, GA
May 3 - 5 GAWDA Spring Management Conference New Orleans, LA
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