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NetworkASA 2011: Register by June 15 and Save $100
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NetworkASA 2011 – ALL IN – Cashing in on the Recovery is scheduled for Sept. 13-16 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. This year's agenda has been the result of careful planning, and will offer a whole new dimension of value for both the wholesaler and manufacturer. Highlighting the speaker lineup this year are Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday and Kiss co-founder and multimedia magnate Gene Simmons. "This year's agenda is the most impressive that we have offered in recent years," said Mike Adelizzi, ASA executive vice president. "From enhanced Plumbing and IPD Open Houses to Peer Networking Council Meetings to a fantastic speaker lineup to our newly organized Table Top Networking Session, ASA is offering an experience not available anywhere else in the PHCP and PVF industry." Program brochures were mailed the week of May 9, and event details are available online by clicking here. Save $100 by registering before the early-bird deadline of June 15!

One Year of Consecutive Growth for ASA Members
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For the 12th consecutive month, American Supply Association members are reporting growth, showing another strong 7.8 percent improvement in per day workday revenues in the month of April 2011 as compared to the same month in 2010; up 7.3 percent as compared to 2009 and down 10.8 percent as compared to 2008. The plumbing, heating and pipe, valve and fitting distributors are up 7.3 percent YTD and 5.9 percent on a rolling 12-month basis. Gross profit margins were stronger as compared to last year. There is a very strong trend with the small distributor, defined as those companies with under $10 million in annual revenues, as still seeing declining revenues. Those in the midsized category of $10 million to $25 million are seeing the greatest growth. The North Central region (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia) along with Texas and New York are leading the way with the largest increases in almost every measurement. More

I.V. Introduces New Butterfly and Ball Valve

Industrial Valco, long known for representing the top manufacturers of industrial valves and fittings has now expanded its product offering to include its own brand of "IV" valves. In the tradition of "only the best" the "IV" butterfly valve comes standard with D/I body & 316SS disc, free of external pins.

Iconic Manufacturer Voices Concern Over Executive Branch's Overreach into Private Business Decisions
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Across the country, businesses large and small continue to survive in an uncertain economy, inevitably requiring difficult decisions be made. Like water flowing down a stream, capital flows also will take the path of least resistance. With unemployment hovering at an historic level of 9 percent, it is disheartening to witness the federal government's interference into a rational business decision that could employ thousands of Americans and have a tremendous multiplying effect in a region hard hit. As employers struggle to regain solid footing coupling good months with slower months, meeting new demands imposed by the government continues to constrain our economy's growth. More

DOL Programs Undercut Employer/Employee Relationship
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Job creators and managers have a responsibility to treat their employees fairly and honestly. Unfortunately, the Department of Labor has a different interpretation of fair and honest. The DOL's Wage and Hour Division has been promoting new programs intended to ensure that workers are being paid the wages to which they are entitled under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Among the WHD initiatives are the "Right to Know" and "We Can Help" programs. More

Inside Pipe Fit Finished Floor Drains & Cleanouts w/Cover by JSC

• Installed after concrete is poured
• No mess with protective tape
• Save time with installation
• Cut pipe 3/8” below grade with inside pipe cutter and glue directly into pipe for finished look.

US Copper Import Surge Led By Manufacturing Bounce
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U.S. copper imports climbed to a two-year peak in March, snapping back-to-back monthly declines in the first two months of the year, as demand for the metal grew with a sustained recovery in manufacturing. As inbound shipments of copper broke higher, aluminum imports sputtered, falling 20 percent in the first quarter — a trend that could continue in the coming months as the combination of production restarts and sky-high prices on the London Metal Exchange deter consumer appetites. More

Cliff Holste: Managing Slow Movers — A Renewed Sense of Urgency
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Consumer belt tightening has been a reality for some time now. One of the consequences is that many once popular items now are collecting dust in DCs across the supply chain spectrum. Before you know, it slow-moving SKUs begin to accumulate in active inventory positions reducing picking productivity as well as slotting capacity for new items. It's not uncommon for some of these SKUs to have zero sales for a prolong period of time. While there are many reasons (excuses) for the accumulation of products in the DC that have lost their luster, there are few strategies for mitigating their negative effect on inventory turns and productivity. More

LEED Warehouse Sports Its Own Wind Turbine
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All kinds of unusual commercial buildings have been gaining LEED certification recently — a soda manufacturing plant, for instance — and now, Chicago is expected to become home to the first food-service distribution facility in the nation to gain LEED Platinum certification. The new distribution center of Testa Produce, a wholesale distributor, comprises 91,000 square feet, was constructed at a cost of $20 million, and is located in the Chicago Stockyards Industrial Park. The 100-year-old, family-owned company spent four and a half years designing and constructing this building, which is now on track to gain the U.S. Green Building Council's highest level of green certification. More

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