March 1, 2017
This Issue
Featured Articles

Safety & Compliance

Member News

News from GAWDA

This Newsletter
Brought to You by:

Popular Content
Looking for new contacts in the industry? Check out the latest list of new members in the first quarter Welding & Gases Today.  You'll find the name, address and phone numbers for  the newest members of GAWDA, as well as the name of the top person or main contact. Check it out in your print version, or see it online here.
Share Your News
Send us your news! Held an open house? Hired a new employee? Share your events, employee promotions, new or renovated facilities and other company news with GAWDA members. Submit your news here.
Share the Connection
Know someone in your organization who should be receiving the GAWDA Connection? You can have the GAWDA Connection sent to someone in your member organization. Simply send us an email with their name, title and email address. Click here to add someone now.
Featured Articles

Spring Management Conference Offers Speakers, Events

The Spring Management Conference, May 11-13 in Boca Raton, Fla., will offer an array of speakers and events, including a flip-flops-encouraged President's Welcome Reception.

The SMC kicks off with a First-Timers' Reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday May 11, followed immediately by the President's Welcome at the Boca Raton Resort and Club pool. There will be a dinner party and a band. GAWDA President Mark Raimy has stressed that shorts and flip flops are the way to dress for this tone-setting event.

Friday and Saturday will feature speakers including Christopher Mapes of Lincoln Electric, GAWDA Chief Economist Alan Beaulieu and Curt Steinhorst, an expert on millennials. Millennials will also be part of a discussion led by George Ratermann of Ratermann Manufacturing. "Generation Next, Part Two," will discuss dealing with the next generation of customers in ways that they prefer. Retired Air Force Col. Kelly Latimer, now a pilot for Virgin Galactic, will be the guest speaker for the Women of Gases and Welding luncheon.

The Contact Booth Program, an unparalleled opportunity for suppliers and distributors to meet each other and learn how they can work together to succeed, will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12.

Early Bird SMC Discounts End When March Does

GAWDA members who sign up for the Spring Management Conference by the end of March qualify for a $100 discount on the $565 full registration fee.

The $100 discount can also apply to spouse registration, regularly $400, and even to registrations for children between the ages of 13-17, whose registration is only $200.

The $100 savings is also available for Contact Booth Program booths and table top displays.

For more information, click here.

Prize Program Available for Members Exhibiting at Contact Booth  Program

The SMC Contact Booth Program will include a Prize Program giving distributor members a chance to win prizes from supplier members. 

Any supplier member who is exhibiting at the Contact Booth Program can participate. To take part, contact Tim Hudson at to get your prize listed in the brochure. Deadline is April 12th.

Feb. 28 ITR Economics Webinar Coming to

On Feb. 28, ITR Economics President and Principal Alan Beaulieu presented a webinar exclusively for GAWDA members focused on the new quarterly GAWDA Industry Analysis Report Provided by ITR Economics, that premiered in the first quarter Welding & Gases Today. 

For those unable to partake in the live seminar, a recording of the event will be available at in the next 24 hours. Because, like the analysis report, the webinar is for GAWDA members only, you will need to sign in to the member portal to access the recording. To reach the portal, click here.

Wanted: Multi-generation Family Business Stories

Is your business a multi-generation family company? We want to hear from you! GAWDA’s many multi-generation family businesses are the topic of an upcoming story for Welding & Gases Today magazine.

We want to hear your “family stories” -- the strengths, advantages and special considerations involved -- and how families make it all work -- when being on the job means rubbing elbows with family members.
Please connect with us this week at

Safety and Compliance
GAWDA Joins Letter to DOT Secretary Chao on SFD Rulemaking

GAWDA has joined a group of associations and motor carriers in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asking DOT to rescind the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed rule on safety fitness determinations. Instead, the coalition asks the Department to work with the National Academy of Sciences to reform the process that underlies the proposed rule.
The coalition, which includes the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association as well as many other shipper, truck and bus interests, asserts that that the new proposed methodology uses flawed Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program/Safety Measurement System (SMS) data and scores. 
Congress directed the agency to review and reform the CSA/SMS methodology just months earlier in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Systems Act (FAST Act) enacted in December of 2015. Those reforms are in process with initiation of a study by the National Academy of Sciences and their final report is expected in June of this year.
Public Citizen Challenges 2-for-1 Regulatory Reform Order in Court

Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Communications Workers of America have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to overturn President Trump’s January 30 Executive Order that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue.

The suit is filed against the president, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget and the current or acting secretaries and directors of more than a dozen executive departments and agencies. The complaint alleges that the agencies cannot lawfully comply with the president’s order because doing so would violate the statutes under which the agencies operate and the Administrative Procedure Act.

The Executive Order directs federal agencies to identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed for each new regulation proposed. The order will be in effect through fiscal year 2017, which ends September 30, 2017.

Additionally, the order states that “the heads of all agencies are directed that the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including repealed regulations, to be finalized this year shall be no greater than zero, unless otherwise required by law or consistent with advice provided in writing by the director of the Office of Management and Budget.” Moreover, “any new incremental costs associated with new regulations shall, to the extent permitted by law, be offset by the elimination of existing costs associated with at least two prior regulations.”
Member News

Chemweld's Smith Joins WGW's Leadership Team

AgoNow Adds Brown as Vice President of Sales

Barnhart Joins Norris Cylinder as Regional Sales Manager

Butler Gas Products Adds CO2 Trailer


Welcome, New Members!

Welcome new distributor member Air Flow North America Corp., of Deerpark, Texas.
Welcome new supplier member, Fein Power Tools, of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Welcome new supplier member, Fives Cryo, of Houston, Texas.

Welcome new supplier member, B&B Pipe and Industrial Tool, South Houston, Texas.
Welcome new supplier member, AgoNow, LLC, of Tulsa, Okla.


New Food and Beverage Gas Training Video Now Available

GAWDA 's FDA and Medical Gases Consultant Tom Badstubner has just completed a 60-minute training video on How to Implement a Food Safety Program in compliance with 21 CFR 117.

The video also covers the essential forms available in the sample standard operating procedures as well as details about how to complete the fill logs. This video is free to GAWDA distributor members and can be found in the Food and Beverage Compliance Dropbox. The presentation may be viewed as a PowerPoint slideshow or as a streaming video.

Contact for a link to the video.

Support the Future, Support the  GAWDA Scholarship Program

GAWDA members can support improving the gases and welding industry by supporting the GAWDA Foundation scholarship fund. In the past five years, that support has helped nearly 50 students move toward their dreams of bringing to our industry a valuable level of education.

This year, GAWDA leadership has committed to matching donations up to $25,000, effectively doubling the value of gifts to the scholarship fund. Donate now to help ensure our industry's tomorrow.

Donations can be made online.

Upcoming Events
March 5-8 • Indianapolis, Ind.
University of Innovative Distribution

March 21-23 • Ball Ground, Ga.
GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminars

May 11-13 • Boca Raton, Florida
Spring Management Conference
GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminar Set For Next Month

GAWDA Consultants Michael Dodd and Tom Badstubner will be hosting a three-day professional compliance seminar March 21-23 in Ball Ground, Ga. The seminar will cover new material in certified training and sample procedures.

More information is available here and you can register here.

Regional Meetings

First Regional Meeting of the Year Just a Month Away 

The first Regional Meeting of 2017 will take place April 2-3 in Birmingham, Ala., and registration has opened. Click here for more information or to register.

The second meeting, in Houston, Texas, will take place April 17-18. For more information, or to register, click here.

The two events kick off a year with nine Regional Meetings planned from the East Coast to the West Coast and Michigan to Texas.

Keep up with schedule additions and changes right here in the GAWDA Connection or at the Regional Meeting web page.

April 2 - 3 • Birmingham, Ala.
Regional Meeting

April 17 - 18 • Houston, Texas
Regional Meeting

May 31 - June 1 • Atlantic City, N.J.
Regional Meeting

June 12 - 14 • Seven Springs, Pa.
Regional Meeting

July 12 - 13 • Lansing, Mich.
Regional Meeting

July 19 - 21
 • Sun River, Ore.
Regional Meeting

August 14 - 15 • North Stonington, Conn.
Regional Meeting

Sept. 6-7 • Gettysburg, Pa.
Regional Meeting

Sept. 11 - 12 • Tulsa, Okla.
Regional Meeting
Follow Us on Social Media
Contact Us
Welding & Gases Today is the official publication of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association. 

We welcome your questions and comments. Please fill out our form.

For information on advertising in GAWDA Connection, click here.
1 Oakwood Blvd., Suite 195
Hollywood, FL 33020

Toll-free 844-251-3219 
Local 954-367-7728 
Fax 954-367-7790   

The GAWDA Connection is distributed on the 1st and 15th of each month to all GAWDA members as a membership service of GAWDA, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association, One Oakwood Blvd, Ste 195, Hollywood, FL 33020. Neither GAWDA nor GAWDA Media, their officers, directors, members and staff are responsible for contents or opinions other than those concerning Association activities. Copyright © 2017 GAWDA Media. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this newsletter may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission of the publisher.
Our mailing address is: GAWDA Media, 1415 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13204

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list