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Register for the Feb. 28 ITR Economics Webinar

ITR Economics President and Principal Alan Beaulieu will present a webinar exclusively for GAWDA members 1 p.m on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The webinar will focus on the new quarterly GAWDA Industry Analysis Report Provided by ITR Economics, that premiered in the first quarter Welding & Gases Today. 

Beaulieu will discuss how the analysis is put together, the value of certain industry-specific data that goes into the analysis and talk about how GAWDA members can use the information to make better business decisions.

To register for the webinar,
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Reserve Space for the SMC Contact Booth Program Booth Soon

Signups for Spring Management Conference Contact Booth Program booths have been open for two weeks and 70 percent of the available spaces have been reserved. Registration for the Boca Raton, Fla. event  is available online, here.

The Contact Booth Program Committee has been meeting, coming up with ways to improve the program for exhibitors and those attending the show.

Booths for the SMC Contact Booth Program will be assigned as applications are received. Those who register early will get top choices.

For more information, contact Stephen Hill at

Exhibitors Again Get the Opportunity to Offer Great Prizes

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

(Remember the great prizes offered at last year's Annual Convention? No? Well, click here for a reminder.)

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.

Wanted: Multi-generation Family Business Stories
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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.
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Safety and Compliance
Senate Confirms Chao as Transportation Secretary

On January 23, the full Senate confirmed the nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation by a vote of 93-6. Secretary Chao was sworn into office and assumed her duties immediately. It is expected to be several more months, however, before the lower level officials in the Office of the DOT Secretary, and the modal administrators, such as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety administrator and the  Federal Motor Carrier Safety dministrator, are nominated by the president.
Trump Administration Issues Regulatory Freeze Order

The Trump Administration has issued a directive to federal agencies intended to slow the flow of regulations aimed at American businesses. On January 20, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus sent a memorandum to all heads of executive departments and agencies imposing a temporary freeze on all new regulations until a newly-appointed agency official has an opportunity to review and approve the requirements. This is a standard approach when an new administration takes over the White House, especially involving a change of party.

Thus, until they have approval from a Senate-confirmed department head, agencies must refrain from sending any new regulations to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR); withdraw any regulations that have been sent to the OFR but have not yet been published; or, for regulations that have been published in the OFR but have not taken effect, temporarily postpone their effective date for 60 days from the date of the memorandum as permitted by applicable law.

The memo applies to all regulatory actions as well as to guidance documents.

One Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation caught up in the freeze is the final rule on entry-level driver training, 82 Fed. Reg. 8903 (February 1, 2017). The rule was supposed to become effective February 6 (although not enforced for another three years). Pursuant to the White House directive, the rule will now become effective on March 21, 2017.
Trump Signs Executive Order on “Two for One” Regulatory Reform

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on January 30 that directs federal agencies to identify at least two existing significant regulations to be repealed for each new regulation proposed.  The order will be in effect through fiscal year 2017, which ends September 30, 2017. A significant regulation is one with at least $100 million of impact on regulated entities.

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


ORS Nasco Names Rushin Manager, Sales and Service Process

Braatz Joins Kaplan as Regional Sales Manager

Central Welding Supply Expands into Alaska

Barry Joins Techniweld USA in Marketing

Tech Air Acquires Gases & Arc Supply

AWISCO Announces
Promotions and a New Hire

Welcome, New Members!

Welcome new supplier member, Paraco Gas Corp., of Rye Brook, NY
Welcome new supplier member, Global Safety Management, of Tampa, Fla.
Welcome new supplier member, Phoenix International, of Milwaukee, Wisc.
Welcome new supplier member, CK Worldwide, of Auburn, Wash.

In Memoriam

Mike Pyatt 

Mike Pyatt, who served as repair service technician at Cee Kay Supply's Hil Bax Tech Center for more than 31 years, passed away January 16th. Pyatt was 65.

Pyatt's primary specialty was servicing and repairing automated cutting and welding systems. He held multiple factory repair certifications such as: Miller Electric, Lincoln Electric, Thermal Dynamics, ESAB, Koike Aronson and others.

"Mike will be missed by everyone at Cee Kay Supply and we extend our sympathies to the Pyatt family at this time," says Tom Dunn, Cee Kay CEO and owner.

New Products

Osborn Introduces New Abrasives Product Line

Osborn’s new line of abrasive products includes depressed-center grinding discs, cut-off discs and flap discs. All products are produced in Osborn’s new world class manufacturing facility in Germany. With the addition of this line, Osborn has taken another step in solidifying its position as the number-one global source for finishing products and support. Osborn’s new depressed-center grinding discs, cut-off discs and flap discs are offered in 41/2-inch to 7-inch diameters and include aluminum oxide, zirconia and ceramic abrasive types. The newly launched line includes 56 product SKUs.


Today is the Final Day to Apply for GAWDA Scholarships

The clock is ticking for students and their families to make applications for the 2017 GAWDA Foundation scholarships. Applications are available online and must be completed by end of business today.

GAWDA has provided nearly $100,000 in scholarship assistance to members of the welding and gases community since the program was launched in 2011. Scholarships worth $2,000 will be awarded.

GAWDA Membership Renewal Time is Here

GAWDA members are reminded that renewals are due. Any member not renewed by March 1 will no longer receive GAWDA member benefits.

You can renew online by going here. For questions, contact GAWDA's Member Service Manager Stephen HIll at or at 954-367-7728.

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.


University of Innovative Distribution Registration is Open

Registration for the University of Innovative Distribution is open. This year's session will run March 5-8 in Indianapolis, Ind. GAWDA members qualify for a significant discount on registration.

This is the 24th year of the UID program which, for 2017, includes choices among 43 courses.

To learn more, visit GAWDA's UID page here. To register, go here.

Regional Meetings

Registration Open for First Two Regional Meetings of 2017 

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
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