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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) March 1, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
Online Sales
Safety & Compliance
Member News
Event Calendar
Specialty Gas Automation
Central Welding Supply

Filling, Testing and Now: Automated Sampling at Linde's New Specialty Gas Facility

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Cylinder Labeling Change
The precautionary statements found on our cylinder decals are being updated to meet the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements. Most of the cylinder decal precautionary wording has changed in some fashion with either key warning words or added or modified warning statements. Read more here...

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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
The entry of welding equipment suppliers into the online sales arena has been the cause of some angst. In fact, a large percentage of distributors surveyed for the 2015 Business Forecast state that this move into online direct sales…some say to their customers…will be one of their biggest challenges this year. Is it a chess play to gain market share? An AmazonSupply copycat action? A well-intentioned move to drive business into the distribution channel? They explain the what’s and why’s of their strategies…

Three World Class Speakers to Share Distribution Info in Birmingham
Mark your calendars for the next Regional Meeting for GAWDA Members to be held in Birmingham, Alabama. Linde’s Bob VanKirk will talk about Industry Mega-Trends; James Spann will discuss Social Media for the Real World; and the University of Alabama’s Dr. Thomas DeCarlo will report on his research on selling success in the distribution environment. More information can be found here.

GAWDA Is Looking for Photos
As GAWDA marks its 70th anniversary this year, we are looking for old photos taken at GAWDA events. If you have any, please contact Editor Carole J at You can also call her at 315-445-2347. We’ll scan them and return to you. Thank you.

Safety & Compliance

FMCSA Announces Final Rule Eliminating No-Defect Inspection Reports
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a final rule eliminating the requirement to create and maintain driver vehicle inspection reports when no defect is noted. 79 Fed. Reg. 75437. The final rule is effective immediately. Drivers still must conduct pre- and post-trip vehicle inspections but are no longer required to create a written report unless a defect is detected.

Member News

Forney Industries Serves Customers with New Ohio Warehouse

Praxair Gulf Coast Expansion

Tech Air Acquires McGinnis Welding Supply

Successful Launch of Cryogenic Liquid Experiment

Mississippi Welders Supply Acquires Denzer CO2 & Service

Apple Should Consider Hydrogen for iCar Project

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Upcoming Events
March 29 - 30 GAWDA Southeast Regional Meeting Birmingham, AL
March 31 - April 2 Professional Compliance Seminar Ball Ground, GA
May 3 - 5 GAWDA Spring Management Conference New Orleans, LA
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