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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) September 15, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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GAWDA Members marking a milestone anniversary this year have a lot to celebrate. Together, they represent 2,430 years of industry experience! They share how they evolved and how they are tapping into new products, ideas and technologies to reinvest into their companies. 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
New Market for Welding Supplies

New Market for Welding Supplies
A Labor Day story on National Public Radio detailed the need for welders and one creative solution. As part of its prison reform program, the State of Georgia gives prison inmates access to tools and torches so they can get a welding certificate. View the full story here.

Hotel Reservations Scam WarningHotel Reservations Scam Warning
It has come to GAWDA’s attention that there is a group misrepresenting themselves as the Convention Hotel Management group. They are calling our Annual Convention attendees and asking them to rebook their reservations with them "at a lower rate." This type of scam is set up to take your credit card number and in many cases no reservations are made with the hotels. We have reported this to the appropriate contacts at the hotel. As you all know, we have historically published a list of attendee names and their company addresses on our website’s Convention page. Even though we do not publish any other attendee contact information, this brings up a safety concern. For security reasons we will no longer be posting attendee names on the public site. The attendee list will now be available only in the password-protected members only site and sent via email to member email addresses.

Do You Know a Rosie?Do You Know a ‘Rosie’?
GAWDA has a group called “Women in Gases and Welding” which can reference back to World War II when thousands of women worked to support the war effort as welders, riveters, and other jobs such as collecting scrap metals and other materials. The American Rosie the Riveter Association wants to tell the stories of these patriotic women. Read more here.

Member News

Sherwood Valve Appoints Quality Manager


Tech Air Acquires Gas & Alloy Supply Co.


Praxair Signs Long-Term Helium Purchase Agreement

Weldship Hires Customer Service/Inside Sales Manager


Trendex Adds Sales & Marketing Executive

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News from GAWDA

GAWDA Gives Back has collected almost $60,000 so far for this yearís charities. If you have not done so, please visit for more information on these charities and how to donate for this worthwhile cause.

Welcome New Members
GAWDA would like to welcome new Distributor member Discount Welds of Miami, FL.

Upcoming Events
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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