Coastal Welding Supply Receives National Safety Award

(Front L-R) Coastal Welding Supply’s Vice President, Tom Johnson, President, J.C. “Chuck” Mazoch, and Operations & Safety Manager Mike Bourgeois. (Rear L-R) Director of Inside Sales, Gary Sztaba, Director of Outside Sales, Jim Smith and Customer Service Manager Mike Hall.

CGA and GAWDA announce Distributor Safety Award Winner

Beaumont, Texas [November 4,2015] —The national Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) are pleased to announce Southeast Texas based Coastal Welding Supply as the winner of this prestigious CGA and GAWDA Distributor Safety Award. Established in 2011, the award promotes safety awareness as an extension of the Associations’ missions and recognizes companies that show the greatest improvement in safety performance over a five-year period. Coastal was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2011. This year’s award is the second for the 52-year-old, second generation company, with nine locations throughout Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

This year, over 70 companies submitted their 2014 safety data to be considered for the award. The award is presented in two categories based on the submitting company’s total number of employee exposure hours. Representatives from the winning companies were recognized at the GAWDA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, on October 14, 2015. More than 100,000 Employee Exposure Hours: Coastal Welding Supply of Beaumont, Texas. 100,000 or Fewer Employee Exposure Hours: Wagner Welding Supply of Longmont, Colorado. The names of all winning companies are on permanent display at CGA’s headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia.

Coastal Welding Supply President, J.C.“Chuck” Mazoch attributed the award presentation to the total commitment demonstrated daily by his employee team. “At Coastal, safety is a 100% team effort and we have a great team that is focused on producing products safely and delivering these products safely to our customers,“ said Mazoch.

Mr. Mazoch would also like to commend GAWDA and CGA for their support of the independent distributors and their assistance in providing a safe working environment for our industry as a whole.

About Coastal Welding Supply… Coastal Welding Supply, Inc was founded in 1963 and has evolved from a single service location in Beaumont, Texas to a multi-regional, nine locations, single source industrial gas supply company. Coastal’s capabilities include welding and construction supplies, safety supplies, premium welding gases, high-purity and calibration gases, portable cylinders and gas control equipment. They recently added a bulk delivery, beverage grade, CO2 division. For more information contact Coastal Welding Supply at 800.853.4177 or visit

About the Compressed Gas Association… Since 1913, the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has been dedicated to ever-improving safe, secure, and environmentally responsible manufacture, transportation, storage, trans filling, and disposal of industrial and medical gases and their containers. More than 120 member companies provide technical and advocacy leadership to establish safety standards; provide safety information and warnings about the chemical or physical properties of gases and their containers; and provide technical training and education. CGA is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited Standards Developing Organization and works directly with Federal, State, and Provincial agencies and fire code officials to promote safe and responsible practices and regulations.

CGA supports several committees of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and coordinates member company participation in the development of ISO standards through U.S. and Canadian advisory groups. The Association also works with other industrial gas associations around the world to harmonize standards to advance safety in the industrial gas industry. Additionally, CGA participates in the United Nations to develop model regulations that apply to the industrial gas and equipment industry. For more information, visit