The Linde Distributor Association (LDA) will be celebrating its 25th year at the LDA’s 25th Annual Buyers Meeting and Membership Forum, from the 3rd-6th June at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.

Co-Chairman of LDA and President of Minneapolis Oxygen Company, Mark Falconer, commented, “This year, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and over $2.5bn in purchases over that period from our trusted partners, we look forward to an even greater and brighter future.”

Falconer, a speaker at the LDA’s annual board meeting in Atlanta in April, continued, “Our members are reporting strong growth in 2018 as US manufacturing and service industries continue at a historic pace.”

“We are excited by our members’ growth and by the partnerships we’ve developed,” He continued.

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. The organisation offers joint marketing programmes to improve sales effectiveness and hosts educational and discussion forums on common business issues.

At the annual board meeting, the LDA board reviews and approves new annual partner offerings through its committees and confirms the association’s annual initiatives.

During the April meeting, Tom Biedermann, Vice-President of Airweld (Farmingdale, New York) and Kelly Root, Vice-President of Capitol Welders Supply (Baton Rouge, LA) updated the board on the renewal of several long-term partnerships as well as new relationships that will add to the strength and capabilities of LDA members.

Biedermann said, “Our suppliers seek to deliver value and innovation that support our members to be the leading gas and hard goods suppliers in today’s markets,”.

Terry Hall, Co-Chairman of LDA, commented on the quality of the presentations from the committee leadership. He said, “It’s critical that all our members stay abreast of all the new products and services the vendors have to offer, as well as the various deals that are coming down the pipe.”

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Linde Distributor Association leadership (L-R): Craig Wood (O.E. Meyer Company), Oneida Coppin (Linde), Terry Scanlan (Linde), Kelly Root (Capitol Welding Supply), Gary Lichtenheld (Terrace Supply), Grace Mauro (Linde), Mark Falconer (Minneapolis Oxygen), Bryan Keen (Keen Compressed Gases), Terry Hall (LDA), Steve Brady (Linde), Bob Vankirk (Linde), Derek Mackay (West Penn Laco) and Tom Biedermann (Airweld).