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May 11, 2017

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ASA on the Road for Annual Blitz
American Supply Association
This week, the American Supply Association’s staff members divided into five teams for its sixth-annual blitz. The teams will have visited about 70 companies, including members and new member prospects throughout the Southeast and Ohio River Valley. Each team is meeting with the leaders of distributor and manufacturing companies for in-depth conversations about the benefits that ASA offers and to help them understand how to best leverage the association’s programs and services. Since launching this annual campaign five years ago, ASA staff will have personally visited 345 companies, bringing ASA to the doorstep of current and potential member companies in 44 states.

ASA staff visits Engineering & Equipment in Albany, GA and Park Supply in Huntsville, AL.
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IAPMO Submits UPC TIA for Public Review
American Supply Association
IAPMO has submitted for public review a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) to their 2015 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC). TABLE 501.1(1), which pertains to the first hour rating of water heaters, is being proposed for revision. Any parties who are affected by this change must submit their comments by no later than Friday, 12 May 2017 @ 5:00 pm PDT.
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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

Steel & Copper Markets Poised For Disruption
ASA Materials Market Digest©
According to one story that appeared in the March 11, 2017, edition of The Economist, new technologies could slash the cost of steel production. The method is low-cost, demands much less footprint than a modern steel plant and is based on an old technique devised more than a century ago but impractical to implement until now. A second story in the same edition predicts a huge increase in copper demand is looming thanks to a burgeoning market for electric vehicles and storage batteries. If this comes to pass, the price of copper may go through the roof given widespread forecasts of a global production deficit in the coming years. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.
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Measure Productivity, Plug Profit Leaks, Grow Profitability
American Supply Association
For more than 30 years, ASA’s annual Operating Performance Report (OPR) has been a customized, easy-to-understand and actionable solution that helps owners and managers to quickly evaluate operating results, identify profit leaks and measure employees’ productivity. One reason why is because the OPR helps you to find clarity in a sometimes overwhelming sea of information. Participating wholesalers need to submit data by June 2nd and can expect to receive their company-customized and full-industry reports on or before July 14h in both PDF and Excel formats.
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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.


3D Residential Schematic© Training Package
The 3D Residential Schematic© Training Package contains six interactive lessons and quizzes that focus on a typical residence’s multiple plumbing and mechanical comfort and convenience systems. The bulk of these systems are hidden within the walls, ceilings, and floors with only a small portion noticeable to the untrained eye. Water movement and other important features are animated in a typical residential setting to help learners visualize how water flows through a house. LEARN MORE
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Flexible. Adjustable. Adaptable.

Residential shower drains from Jones Stephens are the very definition of versatility. With many combinations available, including snap-in, screw-in, round, and square strainers, to several finish options, our catalog provides a solution for all your shower drain needs. Think Jones Stephens for your next project!

Education That Works For You
American Supply Association
Developed by the Industry for the Industry, ASA's Colleges organize Role-Based Training to help member-companies and their employees become the best trained in the industry. Role-Based Training includes courses to help drive peak performance and company profitability. Bundled role-based training tracks offer a discount on courses that help employees understand the big picture as well as specifics based on job description.

Developing Your Team – One Course at a Time
  • ASA University provides flexibility to minimize downtime & time away from the office
  • Online, 24-7, every day of the year
  • Managers can track employee progress

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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).

Early Registration Ends Next Week
American Supply Association
The most anticipated industry event every year, NETWORK, brings together owners and decision makers from wholesaler-distributors, manufacturers, independent reps, and professional leaders in our industry to network, learn, and grow. Continuing to be THE event for the PHCP-PVF industry, NETWORK2017 has again packed the agenda to maximize your time, solidify existing relationships, and build new industry connections. It will surely have you leaving with more knowledge about the industry, innovative techniques, and most importantly your customers, vendors, and peers. So, if you have not attended NETWORK, you are surely missing out on THE industry event. 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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Take Your Voice to Washington
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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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Will “Reaganomics” Example Define Trump’s Economic Success?

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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Steps to Create a Career Development Plan
The Balance
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) identified 18 conditions that must be present in the workplace for employees to experience engagement. Then, employees were asked to rate their overall satisfaction with each of these factors in their workplace. Four of the lowest rated seven conditions that must be present for employees to experience engagement were related to training, professional development, and career development.

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

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