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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) September 1, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Featured Articles
Member News
News From GAWDA
Upcoming Events
Space is Limited. Register for the September Spec Gas Classes Now!
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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"Start your day off in a shipyard, end it in a winery."
These words from Bob Laing, president of Industrial Source, whose company is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, pretty much sum up the best thing about the gases and welding business. “The variety of customers in many different industries, everything from a sandwich shop to a fiber optic cable plant,” adds Shane Miles, whose company O2 Plus is marking 20 years. 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
GAWDAs Young Professional Committee Plays Hard and Works Very Hard

Join GAWDA Members at the 5-Star Phoenician
Join GAWDA members at the 5 star Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, for the 2015 Annual Convention as we celebrate our 70th anniversary and look forward to the future. Speakers include Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It, Red Ball Oxygen’s Bob Ewing on “The Perfect Order,” David Nour on Establishing Relationships in a Digital World, and Dan Thurmon on Achieving Balance. A sold-out Contact Booth program brings supplier executives under one roof to meet with you. Don’t miss it. October 11-15.

Toss the Heels, Bring the Flats
It’s Southwestern dirt and dancin’ at the Closing Gala, held outside at the Jokeke Inn on the grounds of the Phoenician Hotel. Bring your boots, bolos, hats, buckles and spurs, but leave the dress shoes behind.

Welding Equipment Market 2015-2021
A report on the global welding equipment market indicates an increase in demand over the next 5 years, due to a rise in construction and manufacturing activity. The slow growth of aerospace, defense and ship building industries is a challenge. The report points to an increased emphasis on enhancing welding efficiency with a growing demand for highly efficient welding technologies and products, as well as a shift from manual to automatic welding. Read more here.

Convention Back Story
GAWDA President Tom Biedermann and his wife Terri tell The BackStory of what it takes to put together an Annual Convention. They explain why they chose this year’s GAWDA Gives Back recipients, Ryan House and Camp Soaring Eagle. Last year, the GAWDA Gives Back donation of $152,525 was shared with two charities in San Diego, and this year’s campaign is on track to again show the generosity of GAWDA members to those less fortunate. Read more.

Safety & Compliance

URS Insurance Filings, Other Requirements Go Into Effect October 23
The second phase of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Unified Registration System will go into effect on October 23, 2015. As of that date:

  • All private motor carriers transporting hazardous materials (virtually all GAWDA member companies) must file with the FMCSA evidence of minimum levels of financial responsibility (liability insurance). The agency is requiring insurers, surety companies and financial institutions to convert to a web-based format when electronically filing evidence of financial responsibility (49 CFR 387.323).
  • The revised Motor Carrier Identification Report, Form MCSA-1, will be required to register with FMCSA and update registration information periodically as required. Entities that already have a USDOT Number do not need to file the Form MCSA–1 until they need to update registration information. The FMCSA is requiring that regulated entities fill out and update their registration information electronically using a web-based, online version of Form MCSA–1. The Form MCS-150 will only be used for Mexico-domiciled carriers, and the Forms MCS-150B and MCS-150C will be eliminated.
  • The use of MC numbers to identify for-hire motor carriers will be eliminated. All carriers, private and for-hire, will be identified solely by their USDOT numbers.

In addition, by April 25, 2016, all, private and for-hire motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders must file with the FMCSA a list of agents for service of process in every state where they operate commercial motor vehicles.

Member News

Mississippi Welders Supply Adds Location in Wisconsin


Sullivan Named President of Airgas Specialty Products


Butler Gas Products Named Best Place to Work

Osborn Hires National Account Manager


Airgas Workers Join Teamsters

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News from GAWDA

Welcome New Members
The following companies recently joined GAWDA: Distributors Hocon Industrial Gas of Danbury, CT, and Suppliers Chesterfield Specialty Cylinders of Pittsburgh, PA, and Exocor of Amherst, NY. Distributor Medical-Technical Gases, based in North Billerica, MA, renewed its membership.

Upcoming Events
September 9 - 10 GAWDA Regional Meeting Gettysburg, PA
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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