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April 13, 2017

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ASA Codes and Standards Committee to Discuss Comments for UPC and UMC
American Supply Association
The ASA Codes and Standards Committee will have a teleconference meeting to discuss public comments submitted to the IAPMO Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). The ASA committee will determine ASA’s positions on the various public comments submitted to the UPC and UMC. This call is scheduled for Friday, April 21. ASA members are encouraged to stay up-to-date on the Codes and Standards issues as it may affect your products.

The UPC and UMC Technical Committee will meet, May 1-4, 2017 in Anaheim, California, to act on all public comments submitted.
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Look for Copper to Rise in the Coming Months
ASA Materials Market Digest©
Look for copper to rise in the coming months due to a host of supply disruptions, says Goldman Sachs. Chief among them is a dispute over control of the world’s second-largest copper mine. The investment banking firm predicts LME copper will surge to around $6,200 a ton over the next three months, up from $5,860 on March 31st, although some other analysts see it heading even higher this year. Longer term, copper’s prospects look bullish, thanks to forecasted global production deficits, which totaled 50,000 tons in 2016, according to the International Copper Study Group (ICSG). Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.
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Acquisition of Shurjoint Industries
The Shurjoint grooved connection technology will play an integral part in completing the total end-to-end connection capabilities of “Apollo” Flow Controls. This integration allows us to offer the most extensive and complete portfolio of connection and flow control devices of any other brand in North America. Additionally, this allows us to service a global market and expands our manufacturing capabilities into other geographies around the world. More

Build Your Relationships at NETWORK2017
American Supply Association
Big and small, each company in the PHCP-PVF industry needs to connect with their channel partners. A key component at NETWORK, the Wholesaler-Vendor Conference Appointments cultivate the value of connecting top decision-makers from both sides of the marketplace – all in one room. This exciting event brings together the wholesaler-distributor, manufacturer, and vendors for pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments. The appointments put you in direct connection with CEO’s, owners, and top sales executives – this is definitely THE industry event where partnerships are strengthened and new connections are made. Register now to take advantage of the early bird savings and to see the exciting plans we have in store for you October 11-13 in Nashville.
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Spring Forum Registration Ends Tuesday
American Supply Association
At the Spring Forum, you will:
  • Learn how to grow your company's revenue with simple, powerful, no-cost communications techniques from Alex Goldfayn.
  • Build lifelong professional relationships with some of the brightest young leaders the industry has to offer.
  • Gain insight into personal success from the leaders of one of the industry's premier manufacturers, Oatey Co.
  • Find new ways to improve yourself and your business.

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LOOK! Falcon Best Push2Connect

Falcon Stainless of Temecula, CA and John Guest USA/UK joined up to create the strongest most secure Push-to-Connect water flex available anywhere! No inner tube to burst or kink! Only solid SS and genuine John Guest parts with a Lifetime Warranty. Got yours? Available in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" on a variety of connectors.

Fly-in to Congress with ASA
American Supply Association
The time is now to get in the game and urge Congress to stop arguing and finally address issues important to the PHCP-PVF industry, manufacturing and small businesses. They’ve already tripped out of the gate reforming healthcare, will they do the same on tax reform? They need to hear from you to learn our industry’s needs and how the decisions they’re making in Washington impact your business. Join your industry peers at ASA’s Annual Legislative Fly-in on June 13 – 14, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! REGISTER NOW
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Make Your Warehouse the Best in the Business!
Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© helps all employees learn about warehouse functions, safety, and issues that impact profitability in a modern wholesale distribution warehouse. Beginning with an explanation of how the wholesale-distribution business works, the course introduces key members of the warehouse team and explains how they contribute to the operation. An in-depth treatment of the orderly and safe flow of materials from receiving through stocking, picking, packaging, and delivery follows. The course wraps up with examples of how the warehouse employee can grow as a professional.
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Jones Stephens Partner Promise

We understand the importance of accuracy. Jones Stephens has an extensive order checking process to ensure that the product you order is the product that arrives at your door. The next time your primary provider lets you down, think Jones Stephens. Learn More.

Warehouse Management is the Heartbeat of Your Company
American Supply Association
Industry-specific Warehouse Management Role-Based Training provides the tools and resources new and seasoned employees need to prosper in this industry. ASA-U provides new employees an outstanding foundation to become their best. Insights into operations, customer service, and profitability are all covered in customized, role-based learning. Industry product overviews are included as well as core skills such as customer retention and team collaboration. Experienced warehouse staff can advance and gain new skills to push both their career and the company to the next level. LEARN MORE
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Heavy-Duty Medium Set Gray Cement

Oatey Heavy Duty Medium Set Gray PVC Cement is designed to have a thicker viscosity and medium set time for use with large diameter pipe and in commercial applications. Superior gap filling properties and bond strength. For use on PVC pipe up to 18" (non-pressure) and 12" (pressure).

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Will US Manufacturing Base Recover Markedly?

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to The Beschloss Perspective for a full archive of past articles.

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  More Availability, Reliability, Speedability

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5 Steps to Creating Employee Development Plans That Truly Work
A well-thought-out plan provides your employees with opportunities and clear direction on how to increase their skills and advance their careers. And with a more expanded skill set, they have more tools to help your business forge ahead. It’s a win-win for you and your staff. But an employee development plan or program shouldn’t be created off the cuff. Follow these steps to help make sure your employees’ development plans are on point.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.

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