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June 8, 2017

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Nickel & Copper from the Deep Blue Sea
ASA Materials Market Digest©
More than 40 years after the Glomar Explorer was supposedly extracting manganese nodules from the ocean floor (which in reality was a covert attempt by the CIA to recover a sunken Soviet submarine) a Canadian firm is planning to launch the world’s first deep-sea mining venture in 2019. As explained in this article that appeared in The Economist a few months ago, this venture will be aimed at plucking copper and gold from the seabed. One estimate has it that the sea floor has enough copper (and nickel) deposits to meet world demand for decades. If true, and if ocean mining proves economically successful, the widely predicted global copper production deficits in years ahead may never come to pass. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.
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Wholesalers Report Plans to Observe Independence Day
American Supply Association
It’s typical for ASA to receive inquiries from members about when and how wholesalers will observe the major holidays. So for the April 2017 installment of ASA’s Monthly Pulse Report, respondents were asked to indicate their plans for this year’s Independence Day. On Monday, July 3rd, 11.4% of wholesalers are anticipated to be closed and 81.4% will be open for business as usual. These findings are pretty consistent for different regions across the country; however, in the Northeast and the West, 30.8% and 20.0% of the reporting wholesalers, respectively, plan to be closed. On Tuesday, July 4th, only 1.4% of wholesalers plan to be open, and of those, 1.3% with reduced staff and 8.9% with on-call /emergency service only. On Wednesday, July 5th, it will be business as usual across the country for all reporting distributors.
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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

Deadline Extended to June 16 for Submitting Performance Data
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 now have until Friday, June 16th to submit data and can expect to receive their company-customized and industry reports on or before July 14h.
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    Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
    American Supply Association
    This week's news: Independent Business Association Gives Trump 'Thumbs Up'

    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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    Two Reasons Millennial Leaders Struggle with Communication and How to Help Them
    What’s left to say about Millennials in the workplace that hasn’t already been said? Since they first entered the workforce this age group has been the source of media fodder. With skills, attitudes, and goals decidedly different from their Gen X and Baby Boomer counterparts, companies have struggled to understand and integrate them into their cultures. Yet, as the largest generation in the U.S., companies have had to learn how to accept their differing views of the world and priorities and leverage their strengths to spark progress.
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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!

    Are You Having Trouble Getting Your Employees to Finish Their Training Courses?
    American Supply Association
    a. Check out this new document from ASA University which provides best practices on organizations that provide incentives for their employees to successfully complete training courses. While one size does not fit all, perhaps iterations of these may begin the discussion at your organization. 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).

    Leadership Takes Self-Control; Here's What We Know About It
    Harvard Business Review
    Philosophers and psychologists have been discussing the importance of self-control for ages. Plato, for example, argued that the human experience is a constant struggle between our desire and rationality, and that self-control is needed to achieve our ideal form. Likewise, Freud suggested that self-control is the essence of a civilized life. The scientific study of self-control started about 25 years ago in the fields of criminology and psychology.

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

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