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July 14, 2016

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Tune Out Negativity & Get Ready for Increased Activity
ASA Advisor©
Sales for ASA members rose 5.4 percent in May, 2016, over May, 2015, a positive sign after April was flat. However, sales are running toward the lower bound of the forecast range, according to the latest installment of the ASA Advisor© from ITR EconomicsTM. At this time, a forecast revision is unnecessary as the leading economic and construction indicators all suggest improvement for ASA members through at least 2016. However, continued and close monitoring of this forecast and the indicators is merited over this next month, and a revision will be issued should conditions warrant. There are lots of positive signs in the U.S. and regional economies about which ASA members should take heart. Retail sales and construction indicators are both improving, suggesting core markets for ASA members are busy. Longer-range leading indicators, such as the Purchasing Managers Index and Corporate Bond Prices, are overtly positive, suggesting U.S. economic growth in late 2016 and early 2017. Tune out negativity from outside sources, and prepare for increasing activity in the second half of 2016.

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Energy Drilling Slump Appears to Have Hit Bottom
ASA Materials Market Digest©
Although the Baker Hughes Rotary Rig Count for the week of June 24th showed a loss of three rigs to 421, that’s still above the 404 rigs in operation counted for the last week of May. A slight gain the following week marked the first increase in U.S. drilling rigs in 10 months. Higher oil prices are putting some fracking operations back in business. Visit MY ASA for the latest installment of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.
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Reimagine Your Industry Relationships at NETWORK2016
American Supply Association

Dirk Beveridge
As a follow-up to his General Session presentation Reimagining Distributor & Manufacturer Relationships at NETWORK2016 on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, Dirk Beveridge will be presenting a second education session immediately following entitled 9 Big Questions to Reimagine Distributor & Manufacturer Relationships. Using replies taken from a pre-event survey of session attendees, Dirk will continue his discussion of rethinking your partnerships and explore how to bring these 9 BIG questions to the executive level with management leaders within your firm. Don’t miss this opportunity to change, innovate and transform the way you do business.

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Prepare for the Challenges Ahead
American Supply Association

A labor study conducted in July 2015 identifies that 50% of our industry's
workforce will retire by 2035. Are you planning for the challenges ahead?

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Stainless-Steel Import Ban
Supply House Times
American Metal Market recently reported about the potential impact of a U.S. ban on stainless-steel imports from Mumbai-based manufacturer Viraj Profiles.’s story (written by Grace Lavigne) explained about the International Trade Commission’s recent action that included the issuing of a limited exclusion and cease-and-desist order from Viraj, which stemmed from a theft of trade secrets complaint from Indiana-based Valbruna Slater Stainless.
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“ASA provides a great platform for members to work together towards optimizing their respective businesses. The Young Executives division of ASA allows up-and-coming industry leaders to network and learn from each other, as well as draw insight from industry veterans such as ASA President John Strong, former ASA President Scott Weaver, and other legends of the industry. Y.E. is an incredible opportunity that all young leaders in our industry should take advantage of.”A.J. Benton, Smardan-Hatcher Co., Inc.

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A One Percent Improvement in One Hour
American Supply Association
For 34 years, ASA’s annual Operating Performance Report has served as the PHCP-PVF industry’s basis for benchmarking individual company performance against typical and high-profit performers among selected industry segments and demographics. A free, one-hour webinar with Tom Noon, principal at Industry Insights, is scheduled on Wednesday, July 27 at 12:30pm Central. REGISTER NOW
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Your Overtime Questions Answered by the Experts
American Supply Association
Do you have questions on the upcoming changes to calculating overtime? Get them answered with ASA’s FREE Webinar on Overtime Regulations on Thursday, July 28 at 1:00pm Central. It’s been over ten years since the Department of Labor overhauled the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations. Two years ago, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to look at the regulations. As a result, the salary threshold to qualify for overtime has been raised from $23,660 to $47,476 – beginning December 1, 2016. Join HR industry expert and consultant Bill Ford of SESCO Management Consultants as he walks you through the ins and outs of this rule change, the traps you need to look out for and how it will impact your business. REGISTER NOW
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Do You Know What's Happening in Washington and How it Affects You?
American Supply Association
Join us on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10:00am Central for this free webinar on Updates from Washington brought to you by ASA Women In Industry. With so much uncertainty in the future of the economy and the leadership in D.C., it is now more important than ever to stay informed and prepare for the days ahead. Join Dan Hilton, ASA Director of Government Affairs, as he provides a Preview of the 2016 General Election Landscape and the Battle for the White House, Highlights of Key Senate and House Match-ups, A Review of Key Regulatory Changes Taking Effect in the President's Final Term, and an Update on Outstanding Issues Congress Must Still Tackle This Year. REGISTER NOW
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Nominate Your Firm for Annual ASA Safety Awards
American Supply Association
The ASA Safety Committee's annual safety awards program was created to recognize those manufacturers and distributors with industry-best safety records. You work hard to not only comply with ever-changing rules and regulations, but also to provide a healthy and safe workplace for your employees and customers. The annual awards recognize those firms within the industry that have exemplary records of safety. Awards will be presented Sept. 28-30 at NETWORK2016 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Get the recognition your firm deserves and apply today!
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Free ASA - UnleashWD Innovation Catalyst Kit - Available For Limited Time
American Supply Association
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Does Peabody’s bankruptcy doom US coal usage? (The Desert Sun)

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

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Creating a Custom Training Plan for Your Organization
Training Today
Before creating your training program, it is important for you as the trainer to do your homework and research your company’s situation thoroughly. By gathering information in several key areas, you better prepare yourself to create a relevant and customized training plan for your company.

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

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