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August 31, 2017

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DOL Seeks Industry Input on Overtime Rule
American Supply Association
The Department of Labor is seeking information from stakeholders on how it should proceed with a new rulemaking to replace the Obama Administration's regulation on eligibility for overtime pay. Currently, the overtime rule is blocked from taking effect by a preliminary injunction issued last November. The Trump Administration has filed its final brief in the appeal of that ruling, and has argued that the Secretary of Labor has the legislative authority to issue a salary threshold, but that the salary threshold set by the Obama Administration was inappropriate. The DOL is seeking stakeholder input from the employer community to move forward with this regulation, in a way that is less burdensome or costly to small businesses. In particular, the Department seeks comment on and information relating to the questions in the survey we’ve prepared. Responses are due to the Department of Labor by September 25, so we're seeking employer input by September 15. Please take a few moments to answer a few questions on this topic to help craft ASA's response to the Dept. of Labor. To take survey, click here.
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Total Non-Residential & Residential Construction Snapshot
ASA Advisor©
Total non-residential construction during the 12 months through June is up 2.5% since last year. Plan for stronger rates of growth in construction of warehouse buildings, manufacturing buildings, and office buildings through 2018. U.S. total residential construction during the 12 months through June rose 10.4% above last year. The rate of growth will slow through 2018 and 2019. However, construction will avoid a recession through 2019. Log in to MY ASA to access ASA’s latest macroeconomic forecast report for the PHCP-PVF industry.
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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

Hurricane Harvey Hits Plumbing Businesses Hard
Supply House Times
At least eight people are dead and more than 2,000 have been brought to safety since Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday in Southeast Texas. The Category 4 hurricane dumped as much as 2 feet of rain on parts of Texas, Alabama and Louisiana in just two days, causing catastrophic and widespread flooding that is only expected to worsen as rain continues to pelt the region Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, plumbing businesses in and around Houston — which has been hit especially hard by the historic flooding — are just beginning to survey the damage to their own property, and many are still attempting to reach employees as cell phone coverage remains unreliable.
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Budget Employee Pay & Benefits with Confidence
American Supply Association
ASA’s 2016 Executive & Employee Compensation Report draws on findings from the most comprehensive compensation and benefits survey of the wholesale distribution industry. Nearly 1,000 wholesaler-distributors from a broad spectrum of sales volumes and lines of trade at more than 6,000 locations are included. Now is the time to see how your company compares with other distribution companies and to access everything you need to budget employee pay and benefits with confidence.
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Complete Basco's Featured Module by September 30, 2017, and You Could Win $50!
Take advantage of this limited time offer to learn the latest Basco content — complete on your time, when it's convenient for you! In Basco’s module "Top 10 Best Remodeling Trends for 2017" we’ll feature content from Matt Muenster, a licensed contractor and host of DIY Network's Bath Crashers and Bathtastic!, who shares his list of the 10 best bathroom remodeling trends. Click the link below to enroll in this course. Launch and complete this module in its entirety by September 30, 2017, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $50 VISA gift card!

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THIS PROMOTION ENDS SEPTEMBER 30, 2017. Winners will be notified by email by October 15, 2017.

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By Our Customers' Request

Trenton Pipe is pleased to announce the addition of stainless steel flanges to our product offering. Coming this fall, Trenton Pipe will stock high quality forged stainless-steel flanges in class 150 - 300 in accordance to ANSI B16.5 grades 304 and 316, the size ranges from ½” to 8”.

Building Your Bottom Line — NETWORK2017
American Supply Association
Your company’s success starts at the bottom and works its way to the top. Learn how to keep your foundation solid at NETWORK2017. ASA’s annual all-industry event offers a variety of networking events as well as educational programs with speakers who will share valuable information you can readily share with your team. Another highlight is the Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments on Thursday afternoon. NETWORK2017 cultivates the value of connecting TOP DECISION-MAKERS from throughout the supply chain all in one place. Now is the time to register to attend NETWORK2017 in Nashville this October 11-13.
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Domestic Pipe Fitting Manufacturer

Billco has been supplying the PVF industry with Quality American-Made Pipe Fittings since 1973. As of 2017, we are proudly a 2nd Generation Women-Owned Business! To satisfy customer needs, Billco maintains large inventories of bushings, caps, plugs, and couplings. We look forward to serving your future pipe fitting needs!

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Is President Trump’s Ambitious Game Plan Overloaded?

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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Build a Culture of Accountability in 5 Steps
Recently, one of our clients asked us how she could improve the culture of her business. She wanted her employees to be more engaged and to take "ownership." We told her that, in simple terms, she was describing a culture of accountability. What do accountable employees do differently? For one thing, they quickly acknowledge their mistakes and failures and focus on correcting the situation and learning from the experience. In addition, accountable employees don’t pass the buck or blame others.

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

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