Murray Hill & New Providence, New Jersey, U.S., July 31, 2012 – Representatives of the GAWDA Membership Services Committee will be on the agenda at the LDA (Linde Distributor Association) meeting to explain the many benefits of becoming a GAWDA member. The meeting will be held at the Omni Hotel & Resort in Austin, Texas, October 22 - 23, 2012.
LDA, the most compliant buying association in the U.S. and supported by Linde North America, has 78 independent member companies with over 400 retail locations throughout the country. The members represent approximately $1 billion in annual purchases and have earned about $26 million in rebates, achieved through compliance with their vendors, since its inception in 1993.
GAWDA is the distributor industry’s foremost resource for safety and medical compliance information, education and networking. Craig Wood, incoming president of GAWDA, said, “GAWDA membership would provide a great opportunity for all LDA Distributors – large or small -- to bring additional value to their companies. GAWDA provides a single source for guidance on Department of Transportation, Food and Drug Administration and Compressed Gas Association matters, as well as answers to legal questions – with a simple phone call.” Wood, who is a member of the LDA Executive Board, is president of the Welding Division of O.E. Meyer, in Sandusky, Ohio. O.E Meyer is a founding member of the LDA.
Mark Falconer, LDA co-chairman and president of Minneapolis Oxygen Company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, said, “Minneapolis Oxygen has been a GAWDA member for 55 years. We’ve found it to be a great help to our business, and I encourage all LDA members to consider joining GAWDA to take advantage of its many benefits.”
Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 51,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, it generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn(US 18.1 bn) 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 Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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