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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) April 1, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
Regional Meetings
Compliance Update
Member News
Digital Sales
Norco Upgrade Ensures Uptime and Safeguards Service 24/7

Remote Monitoring: Immediate Technical Support

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Digital sales are paying off for some distributors.
More and more distributors are investing in their e-commerce sites. Some have built websites separate from their company sites in order to reflect a broader perspective, especially if that company website indicates a geographic location in its name, i.e., “midwest sales supply” or “southern california goods.” Others sell directly from their company’s home page. Still others set up shop on the biggest marketplace of all,, once bookseller, now purveyor of goods and services of all kinds. While an e-commerce site is just another medium for making sales, it is becoming a very important one, as younger buyers enter the C-Suite, buyers who grew up comfortable with all things online. Read more....

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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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Regionals Ramp Up Speed
The 2015 Regional Meetings Season is off to a big start. Ten Regionals are scheduled; two have already taken place in Alabama and California. Next up is Houston. Check out a location and make plans to attend. More specifics are here.

Energy, Economics and Labor Highlight Houston Regional
Mark your calendars for the next Regional Meeting for GAWDA Members to be held in Houston, Texas, on April 7-8. Attendees will get a chance to tour the Energy Center at the University of Houston and to hear from very interesting speakers: Dr. Bill Gilmer from the Bauer School of Economics at the University of Houston and a member of the Houston Energy Groups; Don Horton, a labor and employment attorney, and Blades International’s Bob Blades, an advisor for international trade finance. More information, including registration, can be found here.

Early Bird SMC Registration Ends on April 2
Over 500 members have taken advantage of the Spring Management Conference Early Bird Registration savings. Early Bird registration ends tomorrow, Thursday, April 2. Registration details can be found at

Safety & Compliance

FMCSA Issues Guidance on Employer Notification Systems for Driver Record Inquiries
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued revised guidance on using state-operated employer notification systems (ENS) for the annual inquiry and review of driving records required by 49 CFR 391.25. 80 Fed. Reg. 13069 (March 12, 2015). Read here...

CSA Program Challenged at Senate Hearing
At a hearing on March 4, 2015, in the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA program came under criticism for lack of transparency and shortcomings in its methodology. Read more here...

CVSA Publishes New Edition of Inspection Handbook
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has published a new edition of its North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook. The April 1, 2015, edition replaces and supersedes all previous editions.

  • Part I of the handbook details violations which would place a driver out-of-service.
  • Part II identifies Critical Vehicle Inspection Items and provides direction on identifying the point at which a CMV can no longer be safety operated due to the risk of causing an accident or breakdown.
  • Part III of the handbook provides guidance for unsafe hazardous materials transportation, including conditions which fail to communicate a hazard and those which are themselves hazards.
  • Part IV establishes criteria for placing a motor carrier out of service.
Member News

ORS NASCO Helps Children of Fallen Soldiers


Airgas Names New NCN Region President

Noble Gas Solutions Marks St. Patrick’s Day with Celebration


MATHESON Completes ASU Expansion in Dickinson, North Dakota


Methanol-to-Propylene Complex in Freeport, Texas

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News from GAWDA

Your Support Is Needed
We are still accepting donations for the GAWDA Foundation Scholarship Program, and your support is needed to keep the program alive. For 2015, GAWDA will match member donations up to $25,000. Your donation demonstrates to your employees and to fellow members your commitment to advancing education for the future of our industry. Thank you to our current donors: Airweld, Inc., Atlas Welding Supply Co., AWISCO, Craig Wood, O.E. Myer Company, Mississippi Welders Supply Co.

GAWDA Group Health Program
Census information is still being collected from GAWDA members. GAWDA staff and the Horton Group will be compiling this information and will publish an FAQ sheet in the near future. More details on the Proposed Healthcare Program can be found at

Southern California Regional
Attendance at the Southern California meeting in Tustin, CA, on February 11-12 was up 40% over last year, with 50% more distributors in attendance. 110 attendees represented 64 companies. Praxair’s Shaun Lagrange spoke about processes and procedures with safety-critical products. Fred Nachman from Thunderbird Cylinder helped attendees understand the complex issues of dealing with DOT, and The Edwards Group’s Bob Werner addressed lean manufacturing and distribution.

Upcoming Events
April 7-8 Houston Regional Meeting Houston, TX
May 3 - 5 GAWDA Spring Management Conference New Orleans, LA
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