The Linde Distributor Association (LDA) has held its 21st consecutive Annual Membership Meeting at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Florida, providing an opportunity for LDA members to share business improvement ideas and to network with vendors.

During the general session, Bob VanKirk, Linde LLC’s Head of Distributors for US Packaged Gas Products and Caribbean, updated members on Linde’s supply chain and updated attendees on the Tier One corporation’s plans to build a new air separation unit (ASU) in the Southeast.

The new, large-scale ASU, which represents a total investment of $40m, will serve to manufacture products in the Southern Georgia/Northern Florida region. An exact commissioning date was not revealed.

In addition, the LDA Vendor of the Year was announced at the event. The John Tillman Company, which manufactures personal protection solutions for welders and other industrial workers, was awarded with the service, delivery and sales communication-based honour.

It is the second time that the California-based company has scooped the prize, with its President, Blake Brown, signifying, “The entire Tillman team is honoured to be recognised by the LDA. We are extremely thankful for the relationship over the years and we will continue to work very hard to deliver value and quality in the future.”


Established in 1993, LDA provides independent gases and equipment distributor members with purchasing leverage, leading to potential discounts and rebates from equipment suppliers. The original purpose of the LDA was to pool the purchasing power of members to achieve the best possible resale hard good and operating asset vendor pricing.