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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) October 1, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Member News
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S.J. Smith’s Winning Formula: Alignment With A Quality Partner
SJ Smith

Gas and hardgoods distributor S.J. Smith believes that to provide the greatest value to their customers, they must work with the highest quality partners in the industry. “We’ve experienced tremendous growth on the gas side of the business over the last several years,” said Mike Zeilman, manager of sales/operations at the S.J. Smith branch location in Decatur, IL. Read more...

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Where’d The Money Go?
Now in its 15th year, GAWDA members have donated almost $2M to local charities in the Annual Convention’s host city. Read Where’d The Money Go? to learn where you donations went. 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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1970s Contact Booth Program Celebrates GAWDA’s 70th Anniversary

Guide to Annual Convention Contact Booth Exhibitors
There is no better place in 2015 to strengthen the bond between distributors and suppliers and to learn about new products than at the Contact Booth Program at GAWDA’s Annual Convention in Scottsdale. Make time to be there on Monday, October 12, from 2:00 to 5:30 pm. Here are just some of the exhibitors who will be there, along with the products they will be talking about.

Changing of the Guard
GAWDA President Thomas Biedermann will complete his year of service as President on the last day of the Annual Convention in Scottsdale. Read his reflection on the past year. Thank you, also, to three Board Members whose terms end in October.

Convention Speakers
Thought leaders, change-makers, even a celebrity with a passion for blue collar jobs. Meet them all at GAWDA’s Annual Convention: Growth Strategist David Nour, Red Ball Oxygen’s Bob Ewing, Workplace Performance Expert Dan Thurmon and host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” Mike Rowe. Read more here.

Safety & Compliance

Food Safety Modernization Act - Final Rule
On September 17, the FDA published the “Final Rule” to the Food Safety Modernization Act, which amends regulations for Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing or Holding Human Food. GAWDA Consultant Tom Badstubner says that while the new rules are fairly detailed, most GAWDA members will not find them to be demanding. A White Paper on the Final Rule is available on the front page of GAWDA’s website, under “Safety Alerts.”

Member News

Norris Cylinders Restructures Sales Organization


U.S. Veteran with PTSD Credits Hyberaric Oxygen Treatment

ILMO Adds Medical Gas Specialist


Air Liquide Steps Up Relief Efforts for Refugees

Osborn Names Director of Sales

Welding Art—Passing It On

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In Memoriam

Jim O’Conner, DeLille Oxygen Company
James F. “Jim” O’Conner, 79, president of DeLille Oxygen Company in Columbus, Ohio, began his 30-year career in the gases and welding industry by loading delivery trucks. The owner of DeLille Oxygen saw his energy, ability to learn quickly, and skill with people and processes. O’Conner worked his way up through the company filling cylinders, doing counter sales, outside sales, sales management and operations. He became president of the company in 1994, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.

Recognized as a straight shooter and a great motivator who inspired employees to work hard, he is remembered as a leader who had everyone’s back and whose employees returned the respect and did not want to let him down.

Mr. O’Conner loved children and knew the names and interests of employees’ children. He served as president of the Grove City Kids Association and supported the local 4H program. He was very fond of horse racing and owned several horses over the years.

Mr. O’Conner is survived by his wife Joan, three children, grandchildren and great children.

News from GAWDA

Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following companies that recently joined the Gases and Welding Distributors Association: Distributors Discount Welds of Miami, FL; Athens Gas & Welding Supply of Athens, GA; Mahany Welding Supply Co. of Rochester, NY; US OXO of Marble Falls, TX; and Suppliers Weldsale Company of Philadelphia, PA; and Ranch Cryogenics of Dwight, IL.

GAWDA Gives Back 2015 Campaign
Before GAWDA President Tom Biedermann and his wife Terri chose two organizations as recipients of members’ donations to the 2015 GAWDA Gives Back campaign, they visited several non-profit groups, looked at donation lists, access to government funding, and more. They wanted to find organizations with limited resources, were doing good work, and were making a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate. And they found them! Please make your donation here to these two needy groups.

What to Bring to Scottsdale? 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 and heels behind.

Upcoming Events
October 11 - 14 2015 Annual Convention Scottsdale, AZ
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