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    IWDC celebrates 25th anniversary

    2019-03-01T06:00:00Z

    In April 1994, the IWDC was formed by the Independent Welding Distributors Association (IWDA), a western geography buying group. Less than a year later, the Key Distribution Group (KDG), an eastern geography buying group, merged with IWDC to almost double its size.

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    IT challenges and solutions

    2019-03-01T06:00:00Z

    Keeping up with information technology, both in terms of software and hardware, is one of the great challenges of our time and can be particularly daunting for independent gases and welding distributors.

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    Baird/gasworld Survey: Slower growth expected in second half of 2019

    2019-03-01T06:00:00Z

    Last year stands out as a great one for our industry and we enter into the first quarter of 2019 with optimism across both gases and welding equipment, but with many erring on the side of caution later on in the year.

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    Steel tariffs: taking its toll?

    2019-02-04T14:37:00Z

    Fears are growing that US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will contribute to an economic downturn this year, writes Nick Parkinson. 

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    Sustainable freight transportation

    2019-02-04T15:01:00Z

    Cars and light duty vehicles lead the pack of polluters, but trucking is the second leading source of transportation end-use sector emissions, writes Agnes H. Baker.

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    Going to the next level

    2019-02-04T15:19:00Z

    Q A with Luke Bradshaw, President of TOMCO2, and Tim Miller, President of Taylor-Wharton, explain how their transportation and distribution businesses are developing since the reorganization.

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    Microbulk is bulking up

    2019-02-04T15:38:00Z

    Chart Industries has been there since the birth of microbulk and expects its baby to keep on growing, with larger tanks and larger Orca™ MicroBulk Delivery Systems, writes Nick Parkinson.

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    Chemistry and the Economy: 2019 outlook

    2019-02-04T14:28:00Z

    Every six months, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) does a survey of the chemical industry. Resident economist Paul Hodges, Chairman of International eChem, and Bill Carroll of Carroll Applied Sciences, recently presented their semi-annual look at the factors impacting global markets, with a focus on chemicals, writes Agnes H. Baker. ...

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    How to tackle the skills shortage in 2019

    2019-02-04T15:27:00Z

    A skills shortage is one of the biggest concerns for the US economy this year and is particularly being felt in the manufacturing sector, writes Nick Parkinson.

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    Introducing… Absolute Air

    2019-02-04T14:12:00Z

    A new venture in the Minneapolis area plans to make its own gases after it announced plans to build an air separation plant (ASP) and have it on-stream by 2020, writes Nick Parkinson.