November 15, 2016
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GAWDA members who attended the Annual Convention in Maui took time for some fun and recreation. GAWDA Media put together photo albums of the off-duty activities, as well as photos of the business sessions. You can see them here.
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Labor Rules Changing: GAWDA Consultant Offers Guidance

Federal rules on overtime pay and worker classification will change in two weeks. Under the changes, effective Dec. 1, 2016, employees classified as exempt will need to be paid at least $913 per week, up from the current $455 per week.

GAWDA consultant and General Counsel Richard Schweitzer offered a look at thew new rules and options for how GAWDA members could address them in his column in the fourth-quarter Welding & Gases Today.

You can see Schweitzer's column here. He can be reached at
GAWDA Membership Renewal Discount Still Available

The GAWDA Board of Directors has approved a 15 percent discount for all membership renewals paid before December 31. Members who renew after that date must pay the full amounts. There will be no extensions.

Membership renewal notices were sent out in October.

For questions about membership renewal, the 15 percent discount or other matters dealing with membership, contact Membership Services Manager Stephen Hill at 954-367-7728 ext. 220, or You can also contact Accounting Associate Bruce Ellenbogen at  954-367-7728 ext. 230, or

Safety and Compliance

Safety Committee Meets, Shares Minutes

On Nov. 8, members of the Safety Committee met by telephone. The committee discussed several matters and are sharing the minutes of the meeting with GAWDA members through the Connection.

Click here to see the minutes.

For more on the Safety Committee, click here.

Member News

Dippolito Retiring from Carbide Industries Jan. 1
Lessmann Announces Distribution Agreement with Inweld
Acme Cryogenics Acquires Northeast Services Inc.
Semelsberger Promoted by Western Enterprises

Welcome, New Members!
Welcome Supplier Member Kingwire Industrial, of Chicago, Ill.


Have You Saved the Date for Spring Management Conference?

Check your 2017 calendar to be sure you've saved the date for the Spring Management Conference, May 11-13 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

For more information on the SMC, visit

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