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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) June 15, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Driving Competitiveness
Paying employees, especially truck drivers, too little or too much can affect a company’s ability to attract qualified talent and retain valuable employees for the long-term. Low pay causes recruiting challenges, and setting the scale too high adds costs to replace employees. At Noble Gas Solutions, we were determined to find the proper pay scale in order to remain competitive, optimize productivity, stabilize our workforce, and control costs. 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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Speaker Line-Up Announced for Annual Convention
Four keynote speakers are getting ready for GAWDA’s 2015 Annual Convention to be held in Scottsdale, AZ, on October 11-14. The presenter line-up includes a business strategist, industry expert, motivational wizard, technology guru and several authors, each hand-picked to bring the best value to convention attendees. Meet them here.

"The Dirty Little Secret on AmazonSupply"
AmazonSupply"The dirty little secret on AmazonSupply in the U.S. is they weren't selling anything." Analyst Chris Hodson of Cleveland Research told a group of suppliers in Nashville, TN, that the lack of boots on the ground and no marketing hurt the business. At the end of April, Amazon folded AmazonSupply into Amazon Business and is shifting its focus toward third-party selling. Nine months ago, Prentis Wilson, VP/GM of industrial supplies for AmazonSupply, did an interview with Welding & Gases Today’s for the Supply Chain Summit. Wilson is now the president of Amazon Business. Read that interview here. You can learn more about Amazon Business’s supplier scenario, including supplier-seller features and commissions.

Our Heroes • Suppliers who started out as distributors • Distributors who came home from war and started a business, and the unique ways they found the money to begin • Leaders who started out as truck drivers now navigating multi-million-dollar companies • Strong men and women who create a livelihood for thousands of employees • These are the people of our industry, an industry that touches everything America is about. We, gases and welding men and women, are the heroes who have built and continue to build America. Tell us your story.

Workers load acetylene cylinders onto delivery trucks, circa 1940s.
(photo courtesy of Mills Welding & Specialty Gases)

Member News

Lampton Welding Supply Adds Area Manager in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Railroad Trains Safe Handling of Alternative Fuels at Coastal Welding Supply

Four Airgas Branches Honored for Excellence in Customer Service

Global Specialty Gas Market Expected to Grow

"Welding on Wheels" Brings Training Lab to Job Sites

Tech Air Acquires Geneva Gas & Supply

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GAWDA Mourns Loss of Three Industry Veterans
Three GAWDA members lost their lives during the month of May. We salute these men who brought so much to our industry. Read more…

Upcoming Regional Meetings
GAWDA Regional Meetings are held throughout the Spring and Summer at nine locations across the United States. These Regional Meetings include presentations, networking and social events. As they become available, the agenda of topics and presenters are posted online at and include registration and contact information. Here is a listing of all Regional Meetings, locations, speakers and contact information.

Registration is now open for the Bellevue, East Lansing and Chicago Regional Meetings. More details at

Volunteers Needed for Government Affairs Committee
Volunteers are a critical factor in the success of GAWDA. Hundreds of volunteers help support the organization each year. Your experience with the GAWDA Government Affairs Committee can be both rewarding and enjoyable. Please sign up by following this link and check the Government Affairs box. Based on the number of responses you will be contacted for your participation.

Welcome New Members

Welcome to new Distributor Members Southern Welders Supply Company of Orangeburg, SC, WELDQUIP of Danville, KY, and Supplier Member American Wire Research of Wilmerding, PA.

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
August 5 - 6 GAWDA Regional Meeting Chicago, IL
August 10 - 11 GAWDA Regional Meeting N. Stonington, CT
September 9 - 10 GAWDA Regional Meeting Gettysburg, PA
September 29 - 30 GAWDA Regional Meeting Kansas City, MO
October 11 - 14 2015 Annual Convention Scottsdale, AZ
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