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Two months from today, new federal overtime rules go into effect. GAWDA consultant Rick Schweitzer shares details on the change and what options your business may want to consider. Read more here. See more on this issue in the Safety and Compliance section of this GAWDA Connection, 

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Raimy Takes Helm at Annual Meeting in Maui

Mark Raimy, CEO of Welders Supply Company of Erie, Penn., was installed as president of GAWDA Sept. 28, at the Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii.

Raimy was introduced by his family, including his oldest daughter and his father, Bruce. During his inaugural address, Raimy praised the organization, its members and the way it helped him find his place in the industry when he returned to Pennsylvania to take leadership of his family business.

Raimy talked of a year focused on technology and shared with the more than 800 members and guests convened at the Grand Wailea plans to create an electronic directory to supplement the printed directory as well as plans to further refine the recently introduced electronic registration system.

Huckabee Shares Insights on Politics, Priorities

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who twice ran unsuccessful campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, shared his view of the political process in 2016. He said voters are not just angry, but "seething." As proof, he cited Donald Trump's successful primary campaign and Sen. Bernie Sanders' nearly successful campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Huckabee mixed tales of his upbringing and political struggles with his policy views. Following his remarks, Huckabee took questions from members of the audience. Asked what advice he would give Donald Trump, Huckabee said he did give advice to Trump during a controversy over a Gold Star family. Huckabee said he told Trump that a campaign was like a boxing match and he ought to save all his blows for his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and not go after anyone else.

In response to another question, Huckabee predicted Trump would win come November.

GAWDA Gives Back Donates to Two Hawaiian Charities

As one his final acts in office, 2015-2016 GAWDA President Bill Visintainer, along with his wife Debbie, presented checks to representatives of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui (for $93,882.66) and to The Neighborhood Place of Wailuku (for $93,882.66). The check presentations took place on stage at the opening session of GAWDA’s annual business session in Maui.

GAWDA Gives Back is a charitable-giving program that dates back to 2000. GAWDA Members contribute funds each year, in the spirit of leaving behind gifts of goodwill and tangible resources to be put to use in communities that are host to the group’s annual business meeting. Each year, GAWDA’s leadership selects community organizations whose good works can benefit from receiving “found resources.” Fundraising occurs throughout the year, culminating in a presentation at the annual convention. In the 16 years since the program began, including 2016, two dozen organizations in 13 different communities across the United States have received funding.

Looking for More from the Annual Convention?

There are photos and videos from the 2016 Annual Convention on the Welding & Gases Today Facebooks page. Click here to see them.

Watch for more coverage of the Annual Convention in the next GAWDA Connection and in the next issue of Welding & Gases Today.

Safety and Compliance

States, Business Groups File Lawsuits Challenging New Overtime Rules

Twenty-one states have filed suit in federal court in Texas against the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rules set to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  In addition, a separate lawsuit challenging the overtime rules was filed in the same court by a coalition of 50 local and national business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, National Retail Federation, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
The new rules raised the salary threshold for executive, administrative and professional employees to be exempt from overtime requirements, which require employers to pay at least one and one-half times the regular pay rate for each hour an employee works beyond 40 hours per week. DOL has raised the exemption threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week, or $47,476 annually. To be exempt from the new overtime pay rules, an employee must make at least $913 per week and also meet the other tests for an executive, administrative or professional employee.  Otherwise, the employee must receive overtime pay for any hours worked beyond 40 hours per week.
In addition, the final rule will further adjust the salary threshold for inflation every three years beginning January 1, 2020.  The new requirements do not affect the overtime exemption for drivers of commercial motor vehicles subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation hours of service requirements, however.
The lawsuits claim that the new overtime rules exceed the DOL’s statutory authority by using an employee’s salary, rather than actual job description and responsibilities, as the controlling standards for the exemption. In addition, the suits claim that the decision to index the salary standard for inflation was not subject to notice and comment rulemaking as required in the Administrative Procedure Act.

Member News

Continental Carbonic and Pennsylvania Grain Processing Reach CO2  Agreement

Cavagna Group Expanding ERP System to Include Cavagna North America
Welcome, New Members!
Welcome Supplier Member Hiab USA Inc. of Perrysburgh, Ohio.


GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminar is Oct. 18-20

GAWDA consultants Michael Dodd and Thomas Badstubner will be presenting compliance information at Weldcoa in Aurora, Ill., Oct. 18-20.

GAWDA members can participate for one, two or all three days.

For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events
October 18-20 • Aurora, Illinois
GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminar
New Products

Worthington Industries, Inc. has introduced an expansion of its cryogenic technology portfolio, with a proprietary-designed beverage carbonation cylinder for industrial gas markets.


Worthington is introducing a 500-pound beverage carbonation cylinder for use in the food and beverage markets, including restaurants, bars, movie theaters and stadiums. Cryogenic beverage carbonation cylinders are a preferred storage option for high-volume carbon dioxide users, the company said.


"Our beverage carbonation cylinder is designed to be an industry workhorse, with optimum reliability, performance, safety and ease of use," said Geoff Gilmore, president of Worthington's Pressure Cylinders business. "We use proprietary technology that takes the guess-work out of diagnosing a vacuum issue and provides a hassle-free user interface, new benefits to the industrial gas market."

To be featured in New Products, contact Tim Hudson at

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