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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) August 1, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Featured Articles
Safety & Compliance
Member News
News From GAWDA
Don't miss the September Spec Gas Classes.
Spec Gas

Attend the session for Basic Gravimetric Mixture Filling and Basic Gas Chromatography and receive your foundation certification. Read more...

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Mid-Year Check Point
With six months down, Distributors and Suppliers are reviewing the projections they made for 2015. Are your expectations being met? Read what Distributors said in January. Here’s what Suppliers projected.

Send Us Your News

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
GAWDAs Young Professional Committee Plays Hard and Works Very Hard

GAWDA's Young Professional Committee Plays Hard and Works Hard
It’s not all fun and games for GAWDA's young professionals. They spent the last year looking back at the history of GAWDA’s young people, and have come up with a new mission, focus and drive to be the best as they reflect the industry’s next generation of leaders. Committee Co-Chairs Erich Haun and Justin Trafton explain the mission.

MembersOnly Buyers Directory15 Now Available
The companion piece to GAWDA’s Membership Directory, MembersOnly Buyers Directory15, is now available in both print and online. GAWDA’s version of Who Sells What has been mailed to all member companies. The online version is fully sortable by product, company name and geographic location and can be found here.

Safety & Compliance

CDL Drivers Must Now Prove Citizenship or Legal Residence
A new rule went into effect as of July 8, 2015, that requires an applicant who seeks a new CDL or a renewal of a CDL, or who seeks to obtain a CDL Learner’s Permit, to prove U.S. citizenship or lawful legal residence. 49 CFR §383.71. The regulations list the following documents that will be accepted by a state driver’s licensing agency to prove U.S. Citizenship:

  • Valid, unexpired U.S. Passport
  • Certified copy of birth certificate filed with a State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency in the individual's state of birth, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate filed with a state
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued by the U.S. Department of State; Certificate of Naturalization issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Certificate of Citizenship issued by DHS.

To prove Lawful Permanent Resident, the followed document will be accepted:

  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card, issued by USCIS or INS.


Senate to Debate Highway Bill as Groups Oppose Changes to CDL Minimum Wage
Should 18-year-olds be permitted to drive in interstate commerce? A somewhat technical and voluntary clause in the 1,000-page highway bill set for debate in the Senate has caught the eye of the trucking industry (generally supportive) and highway safety groups (strongly opposed). Read full story here.

Member News

GAWDA Member in Serious Condition after Motorcycle Accident

Osborn Moves North American Headquarters to Richmond, Indiana

Butler Gas Products Receives Safety Recognition

CAVAGNA North America Adds LPG Sales Manager

Airgas Makes Two Acquisitions

MATHESON to Build Second ASU in Southern California

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News from GAWDA

Welcome New Members
The following companies recently joined GAWDA: Distributors Green CO2 Systems in Fort Collins, CO, and Samson Welding Supply in Clarksburg, WV, as well as Galiso, Inc., a supplier based in Montrose, CO.

Upcoming Events
August 5 - 6 GAWDA Regional Meeting Chicago, IL
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September 13 - 16 AIWD Annual Convention New Orleans, LA
September 29 - 30 GAWDA Regional Meeting Kansas City, MO
October 11 - 14 2015 Annual Convention Scottsdale, AZ
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