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The Association of Independent Welding Distributors (AIWD), established in 1999, is a buying group consisting of independent business owners from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and over 100 vendors within the welding and compressed gas industries. Vendors are hand-picked by our membership to assure that the vendors we choose to partner with provide the most exceptional price structure and customer service possible. The AIWD is the independent buying group that provides the greatest freedom & value to independently-owned industrial gas / welding supply distributors and CO2 beverage carbonation service companies.

Our Mission Statement:

AIWD helps the Independent Gas and Welding Distributor navigate our industry and achieve his/her performance goals by combining buying power, and by fostering mutually rewarding relationships among its members and with key industry supplier partners.

Our Vision:  To be the most sought-after buying cooperative in our industry by providing the best value to our members and supplier partners.

Membership: We currently have members in 45 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada.


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Future Convention Dates:

April 22-25
Washington, DC

Omni Shoreham Hotel

April 14 – 17

San Diego, CA
Coronado Bay Resort

May 3-6

Atlantic City, NJ
Caesar's Palace

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For Annual Convention, Convention Marketing Opportunities, Vendor Marketing Opportunities, Member Marketing Requests, General Communications, General Marketing, Media Inquiries, Press Releases, Events, Meetings:
Diane Calhoun, Director of Operations & Events

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