The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) has announced that Erica Jones, formerly of both Praxair and Cyl-Tec, Inc., has joined the organisation as PurityPlus® Marketing Director.

Jones will be responsible for driving aggressive growth of the PurityPlus programme through increased IWDC Member participation and enhanced end-user name recognition.

PurityPlus is a member-owned initiative that is the largest independent network of specialty gas producers and distributors in North America.

IWDC Member companies collectively represent over $2.2bn in sales, serving a wide range of industries. End-use specialty gas customers served by IWDC PurityPlus Members benefit from having the unparalleled expertise of a local distributor who has access to national-scale production, quality and marketing programmes.

Jones most recently served as director of sales for Cyl-Tec, Inc., and had previously spent 12 years at Praxair in positions of increasing responsibility in sales, operations and administration, and latterly as specialty gas sales manager at Praxair Distribution.