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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) December 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
Industrial Fill Plant Proves Good Things Can Come in Small Packages
Worthingoton Industries

A 1,200-square-foot building is all Oxarc Head of Operations Randy McBride had to work with when he embarked on a mission to design and outfit an industrial fill plant in the Portland, OR, area in 2012. Read more...

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Three real stories of employee embezzlement experienced by small business owners point out steps to safeguard your assets. Read Is Your Company Ripe For Embezzlement?

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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

There’s a Location Near You. Don’t Miss Out.

GAWDA’s 2016 Regional Meetings are now scheduled. Take advantage of these networking opportunities located all across the country. A full list of locations, dates and contacts can be found here.

Air Liquide Acquisition of Airgas Creates World’s Largest Industrial Gas Company

As the dust settles on the November 17 announcement of the acquisition of Airgas by Air Liquide at a purchase price of $13.4 billion, including debt, pundits across the industrial and finance industries are weighing in. Air Liquide is a $20 billion French-based gas company, with 5,000 employees and 140 plants in the United States. Airgas has 17,000 employees and over 1,100 distribution locations. Sales in 2014 were $5.3 billion. Bloomberg reported that Airgas CEO Peter McCausland, who owned 6.7 million Airgas shares as of March 31, will receive $962 million in the deal. Once approved, the combined company will become the biggest industrial gas firm in the world. Here are some analyses you may have missed...

Safety & Compliance

OSHA Penalties to Increase Dramatically in 2016
For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been authorized to increase its civil penalties. The provision was inserted into the bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law in November. The penalty increases are estimated at approximately 80%. The 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2015 are: fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding, respiratory protection, lockout/tagout, powered industrial trucks, ladders, electrical-wiring methods, machine guarding, electrical-general requirements.

OSHA Proposes Electronic Data Reports
OSHA is proposing that some employers, depending upon the size of the establishment, submit injury and illness data electronically. This proposal amends the recordkeeping regulation 29 CFR Part 1904. Read more here.

Member News

Osborn Names Director of Sales, Distribution

Central McGowan Adds Vice President and Sales Manager

Mercedes and Chevy Bring Vehicles to Hydrogen Arena

Clay Kiefaber to Retire as CEO of ESAB Business

Air Products Opens Liquid Nitrogen Facility

Dutch Company to Build PO/TBA Plant

Worthington and TWB Will Open Kentucky Plant

CryoVation Appoints Senior Automation Engineer

Praxair Earns Perfect Score on Climate Disclosure Leadership Index

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In Memoriam

Betty Q. Chadwick, C&C Oxygen Company
Betty Quintrell Chadwick, president of C&C Oxygen Company in Chattanooga, TN, passed away this summer. Described as a trail blazer, Mrs. Chadwick was the first woman to graduate from the University of Chattanooga with a degree in accounting, in 1952. She became the first female CPA in Tennessee in 1969 and went on to establish her own successful accounting firm. Along with husband Pete Chadwick and son Phil Chadwick, she started C&C Oxygen Co. in 1975. She was an active participant in the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program and traveled to China, Russia, South Africa and Japan where she collaborated with accountants in these countries to improve the accounting profession. Mrs. Chadwick was also active in many non-profit organizations. She is survived by two sons, Phil and Quin and a daughter Star, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Derek Martin Milner, Formerly of AWISCO
Derek Martin Milner, 51, president of Milner & Martin Associates, died on November 2 while on a business trip in Las Vegas. Prior to establishing his business in 2007, he worked as vice president of sales & marketing at AWISCO in Maspeth, NY. Mr. Milner was an avid car enthusiast, a member of the Corvette Club of America, and enjoyed boating. He is survived by his partner of 32 years, Cynthia DeFeis, his mother Christa Gleason, a brother and two sisters.

News from GAWDA

Join Our 70-Year Celebration • GAWDA’s story and the story of our members are detailed in "The Road From Dayton." Each member company will receive a copy of this limited edition book. Extra copies are available for sale. Contact GAWDA Headquarters at 1-877-382-6440 to reserve extra copies.

Renew Your Membership Today and Save 15% • Only 30 days left to renew your GAWDA membership and get 15% off your dues amount. Any membership renewals processed after December 31, 2015, will not qualify for the 15% discount. Don’t delay, renew today. To renew online, go to the “My Membership” section in the members-only portal of For questions, please call Bruce Ellenbogen at 877-382-6440 x 230.

Your Support Is Needed to Keep GAWDA Scholarship Program • The scholarship fund drive is now run in conjunction with the Spring Management Conference. For 2016, GAWDA will match member donations, up to $25,000, to support this worthwhile program. Your donation demonstrates to your employees and to fellow members your commitment to advancing education for the future of our industry. Donors will be recognized at the 2016 SMC. More information on how to contribute can be found here.

GAWDA Scholarships for Children and Employees of Active GAWDA Member Companies • The GAWDA Board has approved twelve $2,000 scholarships for 2016. The goal of the GAWDA Foundation is to promote education within the Gases and Welding Industry. Scholarships will be awarded to children and employees of active GAWDA member companies. Application deadline is February 15, 2016. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements as listed on our website.

GAWDA at FABTECH • 2015-16 President Bill Visintainer (right) and President-Elect Mark Raimy, along with GAWDA staff, met with current members and potential new members at the GAWDA booth at the FABTECH Show in Chicago.

Welcome New Members

Welcome to Edoo’s Welding & Industrial Supplies Co., who recently joined GAWDA. Edoo’s is located in Trinidad & Tobago in the West Indies.

Upcoming Events
February 10-11 GAWDA Regional Meeting Fullerton, CA
February 19-20 GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminar Ball Ground, GA
April 3-5 Spring Management Conference Savannah, GA
April 18-20 GAWDA Regional Meeting Houston, TX
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