The Linde Distributor Association (LDA) recently held its annual meeting at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, attended by 178 people.

The LDA annual meeting provides the opportunity for members to share ideas for business improvement and to network with preferred vendors. Established in 1993, LDA enables its independent gases and equipment distributor members to leverage their purchasing power to achieve volume discounts and earn rebates from equipment suppliers.

Mark Falconer, Co-Chair of the LDA and President of Minneapolois Oxygen, enthused, “The LDA remains strong and vibrant and we are looking forward to building on our success in 2018.

Bob VanKirk, Head of Distributors, Packaged Gases & Caribbean, Linde LLC, provided progress on investments in the Linde supply chain during a special owner’s day session at the meeting. Also at the annual meeting, LDA members were updated on Linde’s strategic initiatives and heard from 36 select vendors through presentations and breakout sessions.

Linde LLC has a long history with LDA and supports the organization with a variety of programs and benefits.

“This is a distributor-led effort, with Linde’s support,” VanKirk said, “The distributors have encouraged the Board to look to the future with new programs and initiatives.”

Fulfilling an essential mission of the LDA, the Re-Sale and Assets Purchasing Committee provided an update on new vendors and existing vendor agreements, and the related benefits provided to members.

“Our distributor-led committee puts a lot of hard work into strengthening relationships with our suppliers,” explained Tom Biedermann, Head of the LDA Committee and Vice-President of Airweld Inc, “LDA’s unique framework for managing supplier relationships has led to a low-cost approach for both distributor and vendor in an ever-changing competitive environment.”

Four new independent distributors were introduced into the organization at the 2017 annual meeting. As part of the event program, one of LDA’s newest members, Volunteer Welding Supply, hosted an open house at their facility in Nashville which included a tour, dinner and music.

The 2018 LDA annual meeting is slated for the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, 3rd to 6th June.