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Happy 50th Birthday, WestAir!

by Francesca Celik on Feb 4, 2020

When he founded WestAir in 1970, Andy Castiglione likely wasn’t thinking about this moment, 50 years into the future, where one of his employees would be writing a blog post outlining the success of his brand. But, here we are! Sitting in the National City SuperStore, thinking about how much the business and the industry have changed over the last 50 years.

 

If you’re not familiar with the WestAir story, here’s a very brief version of it. Castiglione had been working at an industrial supply company when he recognized both the need and the opportunity for better customer service within the industry. With this idea in mind, he set out with his wife, Sue, to found ‘San Diego Welders Supply’, a business to be built on the values of customer service with high quality products. These values quickly proved to be the right foundation upon which to create a business, and WestAir (its new name as of 2001) began to flourish.

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Topics: 50 years of service, about westair, #wearewestair, 50th anniversary

An Introduction to EPA Protocol Gases

by Francesca Celik on Jan 28, 2020

It’s often said that to be successful in life, it’s necessary to find balance. And if you are in a number of industries including energy / petrochemicals, natural gas, steel mills, cement kilns, or even aircraft engine testing, there’s nothing more true than this statement when it comes to the relationship between productivity and environmental protection. To help businesses simplify and streamline this process, there exists a version of calibration gases known as EPA Protocol Gases, which are defined by the EPA as “compressed gases used to calibrate air pollution monitors for consistent and reliable monitoring”. In other words, the EPA is helping to balance our need for energy with our need for a clean and sustainable planet.

A bit about traceability

Given their role in ensuring clean air for all, it's no wonder that a number of steps are necessary to ensure their quality. All EPA protocol gases gases should have defined traceability to NIST or equivalent and should be accompanied by documentation in the form of a Certificate of Analysis (COA). Compositional traceability is determined via two key methods:

  1. Analytical traceability: Using reference materials to calibrate the measurement system via a meticulous process that determines the concentrations of mixture components.
  2. Process traceability: The use of high sensitivity weighing systems for component additions versus the international unit of mass (Kg). These are then analyzed against primary standards with known composition and uncertainty.
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Topics: industrial gases, environment, refinery, EPA protocol gases, calibration gases, zero gases, EPA, NIST

Exploring the Most Essential (and Underappreciated) Uses for Helium

by Andy Castiglione on Oct 30, 2019

It’s Not All Balloons and Blimps

Ever had an MRI? Or used a smartphone? Then you’ve got helium to thank for it. And as one of the most abundant elements in our atmosphere, you might think it to be one of the most available. While that isn’t exactly the case, it is still true that it’s absolutely indispensable for the happy and normal functioning of many, many parts of our lives; oftentimes without us even realizing it.

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Topics: industrial gases, welding equipment, helium, helium shortage, MRI, shielding gases

What is Helium and Why is There a Global Helium Shortage?

by Andy Castiglione on Oct 21, 2019

Introducing Helium: The Most Common Gas You Know Nothing About

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Topics: Specialty Gases, industrial gases, helium, helium shortage

Looking for Welding Supplies in Modesto? Meet One of Our Central California Retail Locations

by Francesca Celik on Oct 2, 2019

Feeling Modesto? For those looking for industrial & specialty gases, safety equipment, and welding supplies in Modesto, the search is over.

Modesto, California is a mid-sized town in Central California that is known for friendly faces, agriculture (including some of the largest wine makers in the world), and for being the birthplace of filmmaker George Lucas. That aside, it’s also the home of one of our retail stores, located at 510 River Road, just across the street from the Tuolumne River. Here you can find industrial & specialty gases, personal protective equipment (PPE), and welding supplies in Modesto, just to name a few.

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Topics: Specialty Gases, industrial gases, modesto, ca, westair branches, welding equipment

Success! A Quick Recap of our 2nd Annual Make-a-Wish® Charity Golf Tournament

by Francesca Celik on Sep 25, 2019

We recently hosted our 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting Make-a-Wish San Diego and we’re thrilled to announce that it was a huge success! Even the weather was more perfect than usual - if that’s even possible in southern California.

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Topics: California, San Diego, CA, golf tournament

We’re Hiring! Calling all Class A with Hazmat Drivers in California

by Jennifer Perry on Sep 18, 2019

CDL Class A Drivers, we want to hear from you!

There’s never been a better time to join Team WestAir

Here at WestAir, one of the biggest factors in our overall success is our people. Yes, high-quality gases are important, but let’s be real: they’re not going to test, package, and deliver themselves, right? As such, we believe in not only finding the best people possible to make up our teams, but also in doing everything in our power to enable them to be successful, motivated, and happy in their roles. Because after all, happy employees are the first (and often fastest) step to happy customers.

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Topics: National City, CA, Class A Driver, Now Hiring

30 Days of WestAir: Giveaway Details and Conditions

by Francesca Celik on Jul 25, 2019

When it comes to celebrating, it’s fair to say that WestAir knows how to do it right. Why do we say that? Because we’re opening an incredible new SuperStore and to help our customers get as excited as we are, we’re hosting not just one giveaway, but 30!

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Topics: SuperStore, 30 days of westair, Giveaway

Welcome to the WestAir SuperStore

by Francesca Celik on Jul 23, 2019

Here at WestAir, we’re always looking for ways to improve how we serve our welding and gas customers throughout the region. One such improvement that has developed as a result of this focus is the upcoming launch of our new SuperStore in National City, California, just a few miles drive from downtown San Diego, opening this August.

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Topics: National City, CA, SuperStore

To Know your Dewar is to Love your Dewar

by Andy Castiglione on Sep 14, 2017

Or … How to Dodge Dewar Bullets

The old saying really goes something like:

To know someone is to love them

If people count on you to supply liquid nitrogen or other cryogenic liquids for storing biological samples or processes like Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMS) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), the saying can apply to your relationship with your dewars and liquid cylinders.

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Topics: Specialty Gases, Lab & Life Sciences, Nitrogen, Cryogenics