Put America's Best To Work For You
According to data from the US Department of Labor, about 9 percent of military veterans who served post 9/11 are unemployed. As members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, they form one of the most highly trained, highly motivated military forces in our nation's history. When these men and women return home and become civilian employees, they bring the same traits to the civilian work force: a willingness to work, an ability to get along with all kinds of people, and a sense of discipline. At the 2013 Annual Convention in Orlando, Lt. Col (ret.) Oliver North challenged the audience to provide opportunities for military veterans. He said, "The fact that these men and women have doubled the unemployment rate after they complete their service ought to be unacceptable to all of us. These are people who know commitment, dedication, responsibility, accountability…the things that matter to an employer." As we approach July 4, GAWDA salutes our military veterans. Take a moment to read Put America's Best To Work For You, a story of GAWDA's military heroes, On The Homefront, about GAWDA employers who do more than add a yellow ribbon, and an interview with Lt. Col (ret.) Oliver North.
Terrorist Attack at Air Products Location in France
Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi expressed appreciation for the assistance and outpouring of support received from around the world, as the company continues to cooperate with the investigation by French and other authorities on the terrorist attack at its facility in L’Isle-d’Abeau, France, on Friday, June 26. “I am horrified and saddened by the attack on our facility in France. I believe I speak for all of our Air Products family around the world in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim of this unspeakable act,” said Ghasemi. “My heart also goes out to the people who work at the site and their families. This incident reinforces that we all need to take safety and security very seriously, every day, and remain vigilant in everything we do.” Security has been increased at Air Products’ locations around the world as a precautionary measure.
The State of Independents
July Fourth brings to mind the hard-won battle for our nation's independence. Independent businesses are battling, too, as they face major challenges from large regional and national corporations. Distributors who have chosen to remain an independent company face major challenges from large regional and national corporations. In conversations with the editors of Welding & Gases Today, independent distributors talked about the challenges and the strengths they bring to market, and what they do to level the playing field. Read more
The Great Welding & Gases Road Trip
Now that it’s officially summer, it’s a perfect time for a gases and welding road trip. It seems you can’t go anywhere without coming across the marvels of the industry, but there are some places that truly showcase the wonders of gases and welding.
One incredible wonder of welding is the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which opened in 2007. The horseshoe-shaped steel and glass walkway rises 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Thanks to incredible engineering and the power of welding, the Skywalk can support an estimated 71 million lbs., and can withstand earthquakes up to 8.0 in magnitude.
How was such an amazing feat achieved? The Skywalk’s frame is made of welded carbon steel box girders that are 2 inches thick, 6 feet long and 2.5 feet wide. 40-foot sections were shipped in and sub-arc welded on site. Ultrasonic testing was used to ensure the quality of the welds, and revealed a weld reject rate at less than 2 percent for the entire project.
Lincoln Electric has more details about the welding processes used in the construction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which in total was built with more than 1 million pounds of steel. Start planning your summer vacation with “The Great Welding And Gases Road Trip.”
GAWDA Mourns Loss of Industry Leader
Jeff Cunningham, Vice President & General Manager at Catalina Cylinders Jeff Cunningham, who served as vice president and general manager of Catalina Cylinders, died on June 13. Mr. Cunningham started his career with Catalina Cylinders in 1992 as sales manager of the Garden Grove, CA, facility. In 1995, he was promoted to general manager of Catalina Cylinders’ newly acquired Cliff Impact Division located in Cleveland, OH, and in 1998, successfully relocated the Cliff Impact Division’s facilities in Cleveland, OH and Truman, AK, to one site located in Hampton, VA. In 2007, he became vice president and general manager and was responsible for both the Catalina Cylinders and Cliff Impact Division locations. He began his planned retirement at the end of 2014. “Everyone who ever had the privilege of working with Jeff always found him a special pleasure to work with,” says Tom Newell, vice president at Catalina Cylinders. “This is truly a great loss to our company and to the gas industry as a whole. He will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.”