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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) December 15, 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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How Did We Do? Distributors and Suppliers began 2015 with an air of excitement. Distributors projected an average sales increase of 10.3%, planned to enter new markets, increase efficiencies, and develop new partnerships. Suppliers had big plans to shake up the industry with increased support for their distributors, new products, new hires, new construction. Did it all pan out? As the year comes to a close, take a look back at what Distributors projected and what Suppliers had in store in 2015’s Business Forecast.

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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

Gift #1 15% Discount on your Membership Renewal

There are only 15 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. To renew online, go to the “My Membership” section in the members-only portal of Call Bruce Ellenbogen at GAWDA headquarters (877-382-6440 x 230) if you have questions.

Gift #2 A Skilled Driver with CDL (pulls hazardous materials, elves, toys and bulk CO2)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Military Skills Test Waiver Program grants state licensing agencies the authority to waive the skills test portion of the CDL application for active-duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus. Waiving the skills test expedites the civilian CDL application process and reduces expenses for qualified individuals. Read more here.

Gift #3 Stocking Stuffer

Light the fire (or a cigar), pour a brandy, put your feet up, and relax on a cold winter’s night with The Road From Dayton, the story of a passionate, rugged, scrappy group of men and women who changed history. The Road From Dayton tells our story and includes hundreds of photos spanning 70 years. You will laugh, you will be surprised, you may even recognize yourself or a relative. One book is being mailed to each member company. Additional copies are available at GAWDA Headquarters (877-382-6440).

Gift #4 A Poem for Your Favorite Customers

In 1956, Louisiana Welding Supply Co. shared “The Welder’s Christmas” with NWSA members. The poem can be traced back to an advertisement placed by Eugene Welders Supply Co. in the December 24, 1954 edition of the Eugene Register-Guard, the local newspaper in Eugene, Oregon. You can read it here.

Safety & Compliance

Requirements for Revised Medical Exam Form to be Delayed
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is expected to extend its deadline for certified medical examiners to transition to newly revised driver examination forms. Read more here.

FMCSA Issues Final Rule Against Coercion of Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a final rule prohibiting motor carriers, shippers, receivers or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in violation of certain provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including drivers’ hours-of-service limits, the commercial driver’s license regulations, drug and alcohol testing rules, and the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Read more here.

President Signs Five-Year Highway Bill
President Obama has signed into law a bill to reauthorize the federal highway, bridge and transit programs for five years at a cost of $305 billion. The legislation, known as Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, has several implications for property carrier’s compliance and safety performance. Read more here.

Member News

Terrace Supply Welcomes Fourth Generation

Grainger to Close Stores in "Tough Industrial Economy"

Lincoln Hosts Racing Industry’s Prominent Fabricators

MATHESON Acquires Texas Distributor

HIWT Plans New Learning Facility

AWISCO’s Bill Kubler Retires After 47 Years

Hawk Develops New Leadership Team

Linde Electronics Gives Preferred Supplier Award

Flexovit USA Begins to Rebuild

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In Memoriam

Gary Marten Kennedy, Red Ball Oxygen Company
Gary Marten Kennedy, CEO and chairman of Red Ball Oxygen in Shreveport, Louisiana, passed away in November after a prolonged illness. Mr. Kennedy was an inspirational leader, fiercely loyal friend and loving father. During his 40-year career, Gary treated the employees at Red Ball like an extended family, and he took the time to get to know them, celebrate their achievements, and reward their hard work and dedication. He was a founding member of the Shreveport Rugby Club, and he loved to play, support and cheer for the team he helped found. Red Ball President Bob Ewing describes the impact Mr. Kennedy had on the employees of Red Ball: "He was unconditional in his support and unwavering in his belief that we would succeed. He brushed off the losses, and savored the victories. The secret to his extraordinary business success is that he elevated the people around him. He challenged us with responsibility before we knew we were ready. He wouldn't just praise you to your face, he would call your wife, or your kids, or your parents and tell them what a world beater you were. He made an indelible imprint on all of us by telling stories and repeating proverbial business knowledge we called 'Garyisms' that are now part of Red Ball's DNA." Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife Lydia, two daughters and their families, his mother Lorena Kennedy, brother Larry and sister Judith Kennedy Storer.

Welcome New Members

Welcome new Supplier member SUMIG USA Corporation of Celebration, FL.

News from GAWDA

GAWDA Healthcare • As we approach the end of the year, many members are getting healthcare quotes for 2016. See how the GAWDA Healthcare program can help you.

Registration for Fullerton Regional is now open Treat yourself and best customers for a great evening of social fun and a day of exciting golf. It's the perfect opportunity for all GAWDA business owners, managers, sales and top personnel to be rewarded for a job well done. What better place to meet industry vendors & gas and welding distributors in a casual, relaxed atmosphere to exchange ideas, offer advice, make new friends and just have fun. The 2016 GAWDA Southern California Regional will be held February 10-11 at the award winning, Payne Stewart designed Coyote Hills Golf Resort close to Orange County night life, hotels and in close proximity to the John Wayne International Airport. More information here.

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.

Upcoming Events
January 19-20 GAWDA Food Safety Seminar Fullerton, CA
February 10-11 GAWDA Regional Meeting Fullerton, CA
April 3-5 GAWDA Spring Management Conference Savannah, GA
April 18-20 GAWDA Regional Meeting Houston, TX
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