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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) May 15, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Member News
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Automated Fill Island Spurs Expansion into Rewarding New Markets

As it approaches its 100-year anniversary, family-owned distributorship Weiler Welding has a fresh, new look that has it positioned for another 100 years of business. 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.

Featured Articles

The Road From Dayton Marks GAWDA Member and Association Growth
To celebrate its 70th Anniversary, GAWDA is showcasing its history and the history of the various GAWDA members who continue to fuel the growth of our industry and help to move GAWDA into the future. The Road From Dayton will tell our collective story. It will tell the good times, about the challenges, and it will include member stories without which no GAWDA story could exist. As an association and as individual members, we have bragging rights. We are an association of heroes who are responsible for meeting the needs of our own families. We are also responsible for the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of employees, and for meeting our customers’ requirements. And the very fact that GAWDA members do all of this, year after year, gives us those bragging rights.

Read more about this historic book and how you can send photos and information to be included.

GAWDA Membership, Revenue Up
At the Spring Management Conference, GAWDA President Thomas Biedermann welcomed 638 attendees, including 244 Distributors and 394 Suppliers to New Orleans for the association’s spring meeting. Educational speakers, innovative products and ample opportunities for networking were available. In his State of GAWDA address, President Thomas Biedermann updated attendees on GAWDA’s transition to independent ownership, new programs and upcoming events. You can read his entire speech here.

Twitter Hosts dotted the SMC arena, helping new Tweeters learn this social media tool with the hashtag #gawdaSMC2015. Tweets were sent in real time throughout the conference, many going viral on the Internet.

Suppliers at the Top of their Game in New Orleans
Over 100 Suppliers, 121 to be exact, brought their best and brightest to New Orleans, showcasing new products and services. If you missed any of the booths at the Contact Booth Program, many of them explain here what they are offering to GAWDA Distributors.

See WHO DAT in New Orleans

Safety & Compliance

FMCSA Publishes Updated List of Hazmat Routes

FMCSA Promotes Voluntary Adoption of Safety Technology, Programs

FMCSA Issues Final Rule to Incorporate Medical Qualification into CDL

FMCSA Proposes Qualification Standard for CMV Drivers with Diabetes

Classification and Labeling of Compressed Gases

Member News

O.E. Meyer Co. Announces CEO Transition

Airgas Opens Specialty Gas Facility in Tooele, Utah

CGA Honors Distributors with Safety Award

United Stationers Names Interim CEO

Airgas Acquires Alabama-Based Distributor

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News from GAWDA

Registration for the Central Regional Meeting is now open.

Record Number of Attendees at Birmingham Regional • At the GAWDA Regional Meeting in Birmingham, AL, on March 29 and 30, 153 attendees networked and heard speakers who gave Best Practice Take-Aways. Local meteorologist in this hurricane-prone region James Spann explained why it is the business owner’s responsibility to understand the hazards of severe weather and how social media is an effective way to communicate with customers and employees in times of severe weather. Dr. Tom DeCarlo from the University of Alabama showed that measuring customer priorities can lead to better customer satisfaction and resource allocation; and Linde’s Bob Van Kirk discussed industry mega-trends.

Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced • At the SMC, the names of 12 GAWDA Foundation Scholarship recipients who will each receive a $2,000 scholarship were announced. The winners either work at a GAWDA member company, or are related to an employee/owner of a GAWDA member company. (Note: Company names are not listed.) Winners were chosen out of 71 applicants and include Emily Booth, Paige Carter, Coby Dyches, William J. Kirchoff, Ronald H. Loebker, Chelsea Lunn, Courtney Morrison, Kendell Rast, Julien Y. Robinet, Shawn Soris, Ellene C. Tanner, and David C. Zubrun.

GAWDA HQ office will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:30 AM EDT.

Upcoming Events
June 15 - 17 GAWDA Regional Meeting Seven Springs, PA
July 15 - 17 GAWDA Regional Meeting Bellevue, WA
July 22 - 23 GAWDA Regional Meeting East Lansing, MI
October 11 - 14 2015 Annual Convention Scottsdale, AZ
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