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A Brighter Future for Omni Members
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Grace Johnson of the ASA Education
Foundation discusses ASA University
resources with Jay Hults of Progressive
Plumbing Supply Co.
ASA was invited to attend the Omni Spring Meeting this week in Orlando, Fla., where Mike Adelizzi of ASA and Grace Johnson of the ASA Education Foundation had the opportunity to connect with nearly 1,000 Omni distributors and manufacturers about the value of ASA membership. "There is a much renewed interest in the association," Adelizzi said. "Word is out that there is a new vitality at ASA with added levels of value to support the membership." Main topics of discussion included the new ASA University tools and resources, the new forecasting program to be unveiled during Network ASA 2012 in Orlando, and ongoing issues affecting our industry on Capitol Hill.

ASAEF Welcomes New Program Development Manager
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The American Supply Association Education Foundation (ASAEF) has announced the hiring of Christopher Olsen as Program Development Manager. In this role, Olsen will be responsible for the creation, design, development, and implementation of the association's comprehensive print and online training programs. In addition to developing courses, Olsen also will assist association membership in the development and implementation of company training programs. More

CFOs to Meet in Chicago on March 2
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ASA will be conducting a CFO Networking Council event from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. CFOs are welcome to attend the event not only for networking value, but also to lend their experience to their industry peers and learn at the same time. Topics and issues to be discussed include: annual budgets, financial metrics (both tracking and presentation) and cases of fraud and embezzlement. Please click here for more details.

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Changes Considered to Job Applicant Screening Process
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During this uncertain economy, if your business has improved enough that you are beginning to hire again, would you want to ensure that your new employees meet your standards? As a business owner or senior executive, you should be expected to sufficiently review who you chose to invite into your organization and on to your team. According to this week's Wall Street Journal, a growing number of states are moving to ban such things as credit checks. Under the premise that today's economy has forced more individuals to miss payments or enter into foreclosure, these bans effectively would lump together those whose credit history is checkered for reasons such as irresponsible spending habits with those who've suffered through unfortunate economic conditions. More

Beschloss Talks of Fleeing Nazi Germany
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Industry veteran and 2011 IPD Award of Excellence recipient Morris R. Beschloss recently was featured in the Desert Sun, Palm Desert, Calif.'s local newspaper for which he is a regular economic columnist, regarding his fleeing of Nazi Germany as a child. Please click here to read this fascinating article in its entirety.

Industrial Metals Up on Better Manufacturing Data
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Industrial metal prices rallied Wednesday after a report that manufacturing grew in January, offering some hope that companies may need more raw materials in the months ahead. U.S. factory production grew at the fastest pace in seven months, according to the Institute of Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers. Its manufacturing index increased to 54.1 from 53.1 in December. New orders and order backlogs hit nine-month highs. That suggests production could rise. Separately, the Commerce Department said construction spending rose 1.5 percent in December, the fifth straight monthly gain. More

Economic Data Send Stocks Rallying
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Solid economic reports from around the globe sent stocks whizzing higher on the first trading day of the month following Wall Street's best January performance in 15 years. More

Manufacturers' News Releases List of Top US Cities by Number of Industrial Jobs
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Manufacturers' News Inc., compiler and publisher of industrial directories for all fifty states, has generated a list of the top U.S. cities by number of manufacturing jobs as of Jan. 1. According to Manufacturers' News, Houston takes the top spot for industrial employment with 235,038 manufacturing jobs, up 2.9 percent over last year. New York ranks second with 140,952 jobs, up 1.3 percent. Third-ranked Chicago accounts for 107,264, down 1.3 percent, while St. Louis accounts for 80,795, down 2.8 percent. Los Angeles accounts for the fifth-most at 79,873 jobs, down 4.5 percent. More

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