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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) November 1, 2015
GAWDA Home Executive Dialogue Links Comments Contact Us Welding & Gases Today
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Featured Articles
Safety & Compliance
Member News
News From GAWDA
Simple Math Drives Distributor’s Entry into Gas Filling
Worthingoton Industries

With detailed planning and execution support from Weldcoa, Koehler launched its filling operations during the summer of 2014, and has seen significant growth in its gas business since—with existing customers and new. Read more...

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Considerations of Legal Pot Use for Employers
Possession and recreational use of some quantity of marijuana is legal in four states and the District of Columbia. The use of medical marijuana is legal in 20 additional states. How do these changes affect the ability of employers to ensure that their employees are unimpaired in the workplace? 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 Data Show Safety Needs Work

Three years of lost time injury data collected by the Compressed Gas Association over the past 3 years indicate that a GAWDA member employee is significantly more likely to have a “recordable case.” In addition, the combined data across all GAWDA participating companies show no measurable decrease in the rate over those three years. Read more here.

Take A Hard Look

Convention Keynote Speaker David Nour CEO of The Nour Group, challenged GAWDA members at the Annual Convention in Scottsdale, to think differently about their business. In an article he wrote in conjunction with his presentation, he wrote: “The most successful gases and welding industry players in the future will look nothing like the successes of 1945, or even 1995.” He noted that the gases and welding space is not representing itself well online and suggested digital-centric solutions. Read more here.

You can also view his presentation at

Scottsdale Sun, Study and Share

See all the photos from GAWDA’s 71st Annual Convention in Scottsdale, AZ. You can also read 2014-2015 President Tom Biedermann’s State of the Association Address.

Safety & Compliance

FMCSA Extends Deadline for Unified Registration System
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the deadline for compliance with its Unified Registration System for motor carriers. 80 Fed. Reg. 63695 (October 21, 2015). This means that GAWDA member companies operating commercial motor vehicles will not have to file evidence of liability insurance coverage or process agents with the FMCSA until December 30, 2016. The filings for insurance coverage and process agents will be handled through the URS portal on the FMCSA website. The electronic portal is expected to be operational by September 30, 2016. More information on the filing process will be made available to GAWDA members as the FMCSA completes implementation of the portal in the next few months.

Member News

Kaplan Industries Appoints Paul O’Neal as VP of Operations


Airgas Names John F. Sheehan as President-Airgas South Division


Air Products Brings “Back to the Future” to the Present

MWS Gives Back to Welding Program


Pat Garten Wins IWDC’s Top Award


Uniweld Saves a Life

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Save The Date
GAWDA’s 2016 Spring Management Conference will be held in Savannah, GA, at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa from Sunday, April 3 through Tuesday, April 5. More information can be found here.

Welcome New Members
Welcome to new Distributor Member Empresas de Soldaduras of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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