Bridgewater, N.J., July 27, 2016 -The Linde Distributor Association (LDA) recently completed its 21st consecutive Annual Membership Meeting at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The meeting provides the opportunity for LDA members to share ideas for business improvement and to network with preferred vendors.
“I’m always impressed with the enthusiasm at the annual meetings, which bring members and vendors together to enhance business opportunities,” said Mark Falconer, Co-Chairman of LDA and President of Minneapolis Oxygen Company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “However, while we continue to have strong attendance, I believe the meetings would be exponentially better if we had our full membership of 62 independent distributors in attendance and participating. We’re determined to have full membership participation next year.”
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.
During the general session, Bob VanKirk , Head of Distributors, U.S. Packaged Gas Products, and Caribbean for Linde LLC, updated members and vendors on the Linde supply chain, including an announcement of a new air separation unit (ASU) Linde plans to build in the Southeast.
Terry Hall, Co-chairman of LDA, was very impressed with the quality of the presentations made by the vendors during the communications sessions.
“The presentations went off very well and were very well received,” said Hall. “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.”
Vendor of the Year
John Tillman Company, of Compton, California, was chosen LDA Vendor of the Year, which is based on service, delivery and sales communication. The company manufacturers personal protection solutions for welders and other industrial workers. This is the second time John Tillman has received the Vendor of the Year Award.
“The entire Tillman team is honored to be recognized by the LDA,” said Blake Brown, President, John Tillman Company. “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.”
This year’s LDA meeting was sponsored by preferred vendors CK Worldwide, Chart Industries, Cryovation, Direct Wire & Cable, Dynaflux, ESAB/Victor Technologies, Flame Technologies, Gas Innovations, Hougen, Hypertherm, Linde LLC, Metabo, Miller/Smith Equipment Company, Norton Abrasives, Ratermann Manufacturing, John Tillman Company, United Abrasives/Sait, Weldcote Metals and Welders Supply Company.
In the 2015 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of USD 19.7 bn ( EUR 17.944 bn) , making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 65,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com
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