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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) May 1, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Safety & Compliance
Member News
News From GAWDA
Worthington Industries New Cryogenic Liquid Cylinder
Worthington Industries

Worthington Industries' new cryogenic liquid cylinder is designed to simplify use and lower total costs over the lifespan of the cylinder. Read more...

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GAWDA's Top Guns
In GAWDA's 70-year history, 67 men and 1 woman have served the association in the office of President. They started with nothing but a passion for the industry and maintaining their businesses. These individuals have guided the association through regulatory challenges, manufacturer/distributor struggles, consolidation issues, training needs and more to where we are today: Strong. Proud. Independent. Read about these 68 visionaries 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 Articles

Floyd Mayweather Cools to -115c in Cryogenic Treatment
Hyperbaric chambers and the use of cryotherapy are not unknown to GAWDA members. In fact, many distributors supply the gas for such treatments. In these two videos, see how Money Man Mayweather is including advanced cryogenic treatment in his quest to overcome the Pac Man on May 2.

All Roads Lead to NOLA
New Orleans, Louisiana. That's where the action will be in the next few days as GAWDA members from across North America arrive for the 2015 Spring Management Conference. Meet speakers Archie Manning and learn why he is a wing guy, Steven Alig's three-second rule, Mark Wayshak and his championship sales team, Thomas DeCarlo's high-performance salespeople, and Tim Connor's knowing when to call it quits. Preview what some Contact Booth Exhibitors have in store for you.

Food Grade Industrial Gas Market to Reach $9,108.3 Million by 2019
A new report estimates that the Food Grade Industrial Gas Market will become a $9+ million market in 4 years. Read that report here. With new regulations going into effect, there is much to consider as this market grows. Learn about the new rules for Food & Beverage Gas Safety, and what GAWDA distributors are doing to get ready.

Safety & Compliance

Congressional Democrats Threaten to Eliminate PHMSA
Some in Congress have suggested closing PHMSA and dividing its responsibility for regulation of hazardous materials transportation among the modal administrations (FMCSA, FAA, FRA) at the Department of Transportation. One noted that the agency was created "with the idea that we need to have a laser-like focus and more efficiency," but questioned whether PHMSA has lived up to that expectation. Read more...

FMCSA Increases Civil Penalties to Adjust for Inflation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration increased its civil penalties by the rate of inflation for violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the Hazardous Materials Regulations. 80 Fed. Reg. 18146 (April 3, 2015). The adjustments are mandated under federal law and increase certain FMCSR penalties by as much as thirty percent. The notice also implements changes to the HMR penalties as required by Congress in MAP-21. The enhanced penalties apply to violations occurring on or after June 2, 2015.

Rep. Barletta Introduces CSA Reform Bill
H.R. 1371, the Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2015, would prevent FMCSA from making carrier SMS data available to the public (currently scores from 5 of the 7 CSA BASICs are available for public inspection on the CSA website) until the agency completes a report to Congress. Read more...

Member News

ESAB Announces Restructuring Plan

Chart to Close Minnesota Plant

Cee Kay Hosts 13th Annual Mini-Weld Show

Air Products Names President of Industrial Gases-Americas

Acquisition Expands Osborn Product Offerings

Applied Cryo Technologies Develops LNG Bunkering System for Maritime Use

Acme Welcomes New CFO

The Edwards Group Has New Owner

Weiler Hires District Sales Manager

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News from GAWDA

GAWDA HQ office will be closed from Friday May 1 through May 5. GAWDA staff will be in New Orleans for the 2015 SMC. We will resume normal business hours starting on Wednesday, May 6 at 8:30 AM EDT.

Welcome New Members
Welcome to new Distributor Members Indian River Oxygen (Ft. Pierce, FL), Lake Welding Supplies of Belle Glade, FL, Professional Welding Supply of Houston, TX, Virtair Inc. of Flushing, NY and new Supplier Members Orange Research of Milford, CT, Owner Resource Group of Austin, TX; SANREX of Port Washington, NY and Foxx Equipment Supply of Kansas City, MO.

Powerful Houston Regional
105 people came to Houston, TX for economic, energy, and business information at the Regional Meeting held on April 7-8. Speakers included Robert Gilmer, director of forecasting at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business; Bob Blades, the director of Blades International's Houston Port Bureau; and Labor Attorney Don Horton. Attendees were given a special tour of the Energy Center at the University of Houston was a highlight.

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