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WaterSense is in Senate Home Star Bill
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The year-long initiative led by ASA to include incentives in the Home Star program has reached its apex. This week Home Star will be on the Senate floor, and thanks to the efforts of Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., a WaterSense rebate program is part of Home Star. Now is the time to ask your senators to support the bill. Special focus should be made from the states where water is a critical issue. According to a new report, parts of 14 states face extreme or high risks to water sustainability: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Facing the most serious threats, it says, are the Great Plains and the Southwest. Read more about what's in Home Star for the WaterSense amendment. More

Senate Democrats Scale Back on Energy Bill
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Senate Democrats have conceded that they lack the votes to pass a comprehensive energy bill and will propose a less ambitious measure that focuses on the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. An energy overhaul, including a cap on the emission of carbons, was one of President Barack Obama's hopes for his domestic agenda in Congress. But in an election year in which partisan wrangling has become the norm, energy legislation has seemed elusive. Speaking after a caucus by Senate Democrats, majority leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, blamed Republicans' for refusing to budge on an energy bill. More

ASA Wholesalers Report After-Tax Return on Net Worth is 2.3%
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After tax return on net worth as reported among all wholesaler firms survey in ASA's 2010 Operating Performance Report is 2.3 percent in 2009 having been 6.3 percent in 2001 to 6.7 percent in 2002, 8.7 percent in 2003, 13 percent in 2004, 16.3 percent in 2005, 15.5 percent in 2006, 10.3 percent in 2007 and 7.8 percent in 2008. This year's report reflects data reported from 172 different firms and represents one of the largest databases of respondents among any wholesale-distribution channel. More

Manufacturing Grows for Eleventh Consecutive Month
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The U.S. manufacturing industry expanded for the eleventh straight month in June, although most key indicators for the sector are experiencing a slowdown in the rate of growth following a recent surge. The United States economy continued to rebound from the downturn in June, posting overall gains despite a still-struggling employment market. Growth in the manufacturing sector reflected these wider economic trends, also expanding in June. More

Joan Woodward Provides Legislative Analysis at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE
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Legislative Watch: How Will Washington, D.C. Impact Your Business Today and In the Future will address how the U.S. Congress is feverishly proposing and passing far-reaching legislation, specifically the 2,500 page Healthcare Reform Bill with most Members of Congress never reading the entire bill. How will these new laws and government initiatives actually impact your business and cost your company? In this session, Joan Woodward, executive vice president of public policy for Travelers and head of the Travelers Institute, will lead a discussion on what new laws have passed Congress, what is looming on the short-term horizon and what you need to know regarding their effects on your company. This program is open to all NetworkASA 2010 registrants. More

House Passes Tariff Bill to Help Manufacturers
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The House of Representatives has approved a bill to help U.S. manufacturers by suspending import duties on hundreds of raw materials they use to make finished goods. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the bill, which passed overwhelmingly even though Republican leaders opposed it, was a preview of a bigger package Democrats plan to offer in coming weeks to boost manufacturing jobs. "Democrats know that a strong manufacturing base is key to our economic revival, and the passage of this bill today is a good step forward as we continue to create the jobs America needs," Hoyer said. More

ASA Education Foundation to Offer Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© Seminars this Fall
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Responding to the overwhelmingly positive response to its Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© introductory workshops this past Spring, the ASA Education Foundation has scheduled four additional workshops. Collaborating with ASA regional affiliates Wholesalers Association of the North East and the Western Suppliers Association, ASAEF will offer the full-day workshops in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, Syracuse, N.Y., Sept. 22, Westborough, Mass., on Sept. 23 and Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 29. The workshops summarize the content of the Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© certificate course. In addition to the full day's instruction, participants in the course also receive their own copy of the course book and the right to take the final exam and earn a certificate of completion. More

Security Panel Urges Repeal of Cargo Scanning Rule
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The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection has called for repeal of laws requiring 100 percent scanning of ocean cargo and 100 percent screening of air cargo. The bipartisan group made up of representatives of the trade and transportation community said the Department of Homeland Security should shift its supply chain security focus to place more emphasis on air and land transportation security and ensure that minimum security criteria for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and similar programs adapt to changing threats in the supply chain. More

Remembering Mary C. Hedges of Schans Supply
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It is with sadness that ASA reports the death of Mary C. Hedges, former vice president and treasurer of Schans Supply, Utica, Mich. Mary's son-in-law Jay Hults of Progessive Plumbing Supply (immediate past president of NCWA) reports, "Mary was Jim's wife of 63 years and worked with him in the plumbing industry throughout her career. While he was a salesman at the W.T. Andrew Co., she was a great help with clerical work. During the 1960s and 1970s, she worked as the office manager for James Hedges and Associates (manufacturer's representatives) and during the 1980s, 1990s [and] 2000s she was the office manager/controller for Schans Supply." More
WAVE Exposed Flushometers
Putting control back in the hands of the user, flushometers with WAVE technology offer hygienic touchless operation on command. Activating only when a hand is waved directly in front of the flushometer, the sensor eliminates random flushing altogether. And by doing away with false actuations, WAVE technology provides water savings. More info
Stainless Steel Tank
Once you've chosen your Series 2200 or Series 1100 from InSinkErator, it's time for the tank. The Model SST-FLTR features a 2/3-gallon capacity, 35% more 200F water than its predecessor, and tool-free connections. More info
ADA GreenSpec® High Efficiency Cooler
The innovative Elkay VRCGRN water cooler series provides greater energy efficiency, consumes less water and uses less refrigerant than any other comparable water cooler on the market. Primarily constructed in 60% recycled content stainless steel, the VRCGRN is manufactured without paints or coatings eliminating Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. More info

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