GAWDA installs 2017-2018 president, officers
The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA),
Hollywood, Fla., has announced the installation of Ned Lane
as president. Lane, who is president of St. Louis-based Cee
Kay Supply Co., will serve as head of the association until September 2018.
Lane has served on the GAWDA board of directors for the
past several years and on the association’s executive committee for the past three years. He has been with Cee Kay Supply
for 22 years, serving as president for the past 17 years.
Named as 2017-2018 officers for three newly open seats as
vice presidents are Evan Bennear, sales manager, Dale Oxygen
Co., Johnstown, Pa.; Melissa Perkins, director of marketing
and finance, Electronic Fluorocarbons, Hatfield, Pa.; and Bill
Proctor, president, nexAir LLC, Memphis, Tenn.
Abydee Butler Moore, executive vice president of Butler Gas
Products, Pittsburgh, was named as the association’s first vice
president. She is slated to assume the organization’s presidency in 2019-2020. Brad Peterson, chairman and chief acquisition officer of Mississippi Welders Supply Co. Inc., Winona,
Minn., is now president-elect, in line to become the association’s president for the 2018-2019 year.
Mark Raimy, Welders Supply Corp. –
A Raimy Corp., Erie, Pa., serves as first
past president; and Bill Visintainer, Atlas Welders Supply, Tuscaloosa, Ala.,
serves as second past president.
The remaining members of the cur-
rent board of directors are:
•Kelly Bladow, Oxarc Inc., Spokane,
•Jay Brant, Indiana Oxygen Co., In-
•Bob Ewing, Red Ball Oxygen Co.,
• Jeff Johnson, Arc3 Gases, Dunn, N.C.
• Jim O’Connor, Norton Abrasives - St.
Gobain, Johns Creek, Ga.
Desktop Metal wins recognition
from Popular Science
Burlington, Mass.-based Desktop Metal
has received the Popular Science 2017
Best of What’s New Award in the engineering category for its Desktop Metal
According to the company, the system, arriving in 2018, is the first metal
Direct Metals, an international steel service center with locations in Kennesaw,
Ga., and Waukegan, Ill., has supplied
6,865 sq. ft. of decorative louvered aluminum expanded metal for the railings
of the Fontainebleau Terrace in Panama
City Beach, Fla.
The 6- by 0.081-in. decorative metal,
powder coated turquoise blue, has
an opening size of 11/2 by 51/4 in. with a
strand width of 1 in.