In Memoriam: Andy Castiglione

In a letter to fellow IWDC Members, WestAir Gases & Equipment CEO and IWDC Chairman of the Board, Steve Castiglione announced the passing of his father and WestAir Gases & Equipment Founder Andy Castiglione.

With great sadness, I share the news of our founder and my father, Andy Castiglione, Sr., passed away at the age of 89. My father, Andy, had a great vision back in 1970 when he started WestAir, formerly known as San Diego Welders Supply. Little did he know at that time that WestAir would quickly become one of the largest independent distributors of gas equipment, gases, and welding supplies in the Southwest. San Diego Welders Supply joined the IWDA in the 1970s,and the group was often referred to as the 40 Thieves. In the early 1990s, IWDA formed IWDC.

Andy instilled many visionary principles of exceptional customer service and had a great business mentality, both of which were instilled in those who surrounded him, personally and professionally.

We ask that you please keep my dad, and family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

I thank you all for your condolences, and we will continue to live out my father’s legacy.

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O.E. Meyer Opens Doors at its New Avon Location

In a post on the company’s LinkedIn Page O.E. Meyer Co. announced that its Avon location at 929 Moore Road is now open!

“Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a DIY enthusiast, our new Avon store is your ultimate destination for all your welding supply needs. We offer a comprehensive range of tools, gases, and equipment featuring top-notch brands and expert advice to ensure you have everything required for your welding projects.”

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IWDC’s Members Remarkable Fundraising Success: A Triumph for Veterans and Unity

In a resounding display of unity and commitment, Members of the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative IWDC) has triumphed in raising an astounding $1,210,000 for the Travis Mills Foundation. This remarkable achievement not only reflects the collective strength of IWDC but also stands as a testament to the power of collaboration in supporting our veterans.

Travis Mills and the Foundation’s Noble Cause

At the heart of this endeavor is Travis Mills, a true American hero and advocate for veterans. A retired United States Army Staff Sergeant, Travis Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the face of adversity, Mills channeled his resilience into establishing the Travis Mills Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to support recalibrated veterans and their families through long-term programs and retreats that help them overcome physical obstacles and strengthen family bonds.

Key Players in the Fundraising Success

Maine Oxy, Middlesex Gases, Ivy Industries, and Arco Welding Supply emerged as instrumental players in steering the fundraising efforts_ Their unwavering dedication and strategic roles played a pivotal part in achieving this substantial contribution to the Travis Mills Foundation.

Commending IWDC and Suppliers

The entire IWDC membership, alongside numerous suppliers, demonstrated an exceptional commitment to this cause. The collective effort exemplifies the cooperative’s spirit and affirms that, when united, a focused energy and hands-on effort can yield mon1.DDental differences in 1he lives of our veterans.

Inspiration to Support Travis Mills

We encourage o1hers to join this noble cause and support Travis Mills in his mission to provide vital assistance to recalibrated veterans. The impact of 1hese funds extends beyond financial support, offering a lifeline to 1hose who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Please reach out to https://www to learn more and make a donation.

Sherwin Family Vineyards’ Unique Contribution

Sherwin Family Vineyards added a unique touch to the fundraising campaign by creating a dedicated barrel of their highly rated Napa Cabernet for Travis Mills. The use of The American Flag on their bottle generated a tremendous amount of energy, further fueling the success of the fundraising efforts.

Heartfelt Thanks to All

In closing, we extend our heartfelt thanks to every individual. company. and supplier involved in this endeavor Your collective generosity has not only surpassed expectations but has also set a shining example of what can be achieved when a community rallies together for a noble cause.

Let this victory stand as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the many recalibrated veterans whose lives will be positively impacted by the funds raised.

Thank you for your unwavering support.

The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) Appoints Patti Rausch as Executive Director of the Association Executive Council

In a letter from the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, the NAW announced that Patti Rausch, Vice President of Education, will be expanding her role at NAW to also serve as the Executive Director of the Association Executive Council.

NAW President and CEO Eric Hoplin wrote,

I have known Patti for more than 20 years and was thrilled when she agreed to join the NAW team in January of 2022 to help me build a next-gen trade association.  As I expected, she hit the ground running and has demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to our mission. Patti is uniquely positioned to drive the AEC’s objectives forward with her vast experience spanning nearly two decades leading diverse programming initiatives in the political non-profit sector.

In her new role, Patti will facilitate and lead programming and partnerships across NAW and the AEC. She will serve as a primary point of contact for our member national associations, ensuring that the AEC remains a vibrant platform for sharing ideas, programs, and skills. She will focus on fostering collaboration, innovation, and strategic alignment among our associations, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of the distribution industry.

I encourage you to reach out to Patti directly to discuss how you can work together to serve your constituency and advance the goals of the AEC. She is eager to collaborate, support, and provide the necessary resources to ensure the success of our member associations.

Patti’s appointment is a testament to NAW’s commitment to the AEC and our unwavering belief in the power of collaboration. I am confident that the AEC will continue to thrive under her leadership and make significant contributions to the broader wholesaler-distributor community.

Norco, Inc. Relocates Moscow, Idaho Branch to Pullman, Washington

In a post on the company’s LinkedIn page, Norco, Inc. announced that its Moscow, Idaho branch has been relocated to Pullman, Washington. The post says, “Now in a new and more convenient location for customers, their address is 5951 Airport Road, Building 1, 99163. You can reach them by phone at 509-207-1010. In the area? Stop by and say hello!”

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