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NetworkASA 2011 to Wrap Up Today
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More than 87 wholesaler and 65 manufacturing firms attended NetworkASA 2011 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas this past week. The event concludes today, and has received an overwhelmingly favorable attendee response. Many of those in attendance said it was the best ASA event they have seen in years. "This year's NetworkASA event has created a buzz unlike any that I have ever experienced," stated ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi. "Between every session being filled to overflow capacity and all conference appointment schedules having been occupied for weeks, we have hit a grand slam with this year's event." Watch next week's ASA Insights for a detailed NetworkASA 2011 report and photo recap.

Welcome Back Congress
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The August recess has passed, and the time has come for the House and Senate to return for its fall session to tackle many unfinished tasks. To set the tone for the seriousness of matters before them, both houses heard from the President of the United States during a joint session. The President outlined a request for an additional $447 billion in infrastructure spending and local education specific in hopes to stimulate the economy, along with an extension of tax relief such as the payroll tax cut passed in January. More

US and China Manufacturing Growth Eases Concerns
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Manufacturing growth in the U.S. and China improved in August, helping to boost global stock markets. The U.S. sector expanded for its 13th straight month in August, according to the Institute for Supply Management. And China's purchasing manager's index, or PMI, has revealed its first gain in four months. China's growth raised hopes that it will increase consumption of U.S. exports and help sustain America's economic recovery. In America, the institute said that its manufacturing index rose to 56.3 in August, up from 55.5 in July. More

Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Jobs Bill
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President Barack Obama bluntly challenged Congress to act immediately on his new jobs plan, brandishing a copy of the legislation in the Rose Garden and demanding: "No games, no politics, no delays." Surrounded by police officers, firefighters, teachers, construction workers and others he said would be helped by the $447 billion package, the president said the only thing that would block its passage would be lawmakers deciding it wasn't good politics to work with him. More

Hilda L. Solis: Manufacturing is on the Upswing in the United States
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It's time to dispel a myth. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors of manufacturing's demise are greatly exaggerated. In fact, manufacturing in America is not only alive, it's thriving. America's manufacturing industry is expected to grow 6.2 percent this year, outpacing the overall economy. Last year, auto's "big three" of Chrysler, General Motors and Ford gained market share for the first time since 1995. And this July, motor vehicle and parts manufacturing jumped 5.2 percent, a direct contributor to the increase in factory outputs of 0.6 percent that same month. Better yet, this industrial growth has spurred job growth. More

The 'Google of Manufacturing?' One Company Shows a Possible Future
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Depending on who you ask, American manufacturing is either: the way out of our financial mess, or it's dead. Whatever you think, there's no denying that manufacturing has changed. That's the story of Thogus Products in Avon Lake, Ohio. One thing I kept hearing over and over again reporting this story is that there's this big misperception about manufacturing. The popular image is of dirty smokestacks and factories filled with workers repeatedly pulling the same lever. Matt Hlavin has a very different idea for the company he runs. "I wanted to create a Google of manufacturing environment, so it's young and vibrant and balanced between youth and experience," Hlavin says. More

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