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September 24, 2015

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Supply House Times Supply House of the Year: Winsupply
Supply House Times
Dayton, Ohio, is known as the birthplace of aviation, specifically as the place where the Wright brothers got their start in true entrepreneurial fashion. There's also a PHCP-PVF company based in Dayton that knows a thing or two about entrepreneurs and helping them live the American Dream of owning their own business. And Winsupply Chairman of the Board Rick Schwartz sees plenty of similarities between the recently rebranded industry heavyweight (more on the name change shortly) and Dayton's native aviation sons. "The Wrights weren't well-financed, avoided the limelight and were self-taught engineers," says Schwartz, who has been with the company 43 years. "They competed and succeeded against many well-funded people such as Samuel Langley who was funded by the Smithsonian. They used their own finances which they earned fixing and selling bicycles, some of which they manufactured."
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Want to Get the Most Out of Your Training Spend?
American Supply Association
The ASA-U Advisory Service gives members a little extra "Help!" with their training, talent management and HR efforts. With it, ASA staff members roll up their sleeves and help your organization tailor the right solution for you. If you know you want to start Training, let's establish a plan to ensure you're focusing on the knowledge and skills to directly impact your business results! If you've done Training in the past or are currently doing so, but aren’t sure if it's making an impact, an Advisory Service engagement may be just what you need! To learn more about this valuable service, click HERE.
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Future Jobs: Solving the Employment & Skills Crisis
Midwest Distributors Association
The Midwest Distributors Association will host its 2015 Annual Meeting & Dinner on Monday, October 26 at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch & Chicago Sports Museum in Chicago. Edward Gordon, author of "Future Jobs: Solving the Employment & Skills Crisis," and the founder and president of Imperial Consulting Corporation, will share practical, common-sense strategic workforce planning solutions that all of us need when creating and filling jobs. All MwDA members as well as channel partners from throughout the Midwest are strongly encouraged to participate. Click here for complete details; the deadline to RSVP is Friday, October 16.
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1st Annual Ride for Operation: Rise & Conquer
American Supply Association
Taking place at Network2015, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a bicycling fundraiser for Operation: Rise & Conquer. Participants will pledge $50 or more and have a chance to ride with hand-cyclist and veteran Sgt. Michael Frazier USMC (Ret.). There are 3 options for attendees including a 30-mile or 10-mile ride along the Chicago lakefront and the option to just contribute to ORC. Contributors of $250, or more, will receive an official Operation: Rise & Conquer cycling jersey. The event will be at the Chicago Marriot Magnificent Mile on Tuesday October 27 at 7:00am. Register by October 15.
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    Discover Money Makers in Wholesale Distribution
Essentials of How Wholesaler-Distributors Make Money© explains how a wholesaler-distributor makes money, how that money is spent, and what it takes to stay in business. This 20-minute interactive course examines some of the basic components of wholesaler-distributor economics. READ MORE

  Watch the AB&A Press-In Video!

AB&A makes it easy for a homeowner or contractor to update any bathtub finish. Simply “Press-In” the new strainer cover into an existing strainer body and then replace the cover plate and stopper to match.

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    "Being a part of ASA helps to build a strong industry as independent/national distributors, buying groups, manufacturers and independent reps collaborate towards training to build organizational talent, business intelligence to lead wisely and a strong unified voice on Capitol Hill."Kip Miller, Eastern Industrial Supplies
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    Fall Protection Saves Lives, Learn from the Pros
No fall protection equipment – regardless of how effective – can save an employee unless it is correctly selected for the job application and used properly. OSHA takes fall protection very seriously. With two federal standards that regulate Fall Protection, knowing these are a must when using this equipment. Learn about the OSHA standards and proper usage that can save lives and prevent costly injuries on November 12 at 2:00 EST/1:00 CST, when the ASA Safety Committee hosts an a FREE, information-packed webinar on this critical, life-saving issue. The webinar will be delivered by John Eckel, CSP, CET, CFPS, CHCM, Sr. Technical Training Specialist - Miller Fall Protection: Honeywell Safety Products, Franklin, Pennsylvania. REGISTER NOW

Excitement Builds for THE PHCP-PVF Industry Event in Chicago
American Supply Association
In FIVE weeks the industry will meet at Network2015 in Chicago to experience networking, solidify relationships and hear from experts focused on providing tools to grow your business. If you have not already registered, you are missing out. From wholesale-distribution members both big and small – the strength created by coming together at the industry event is palpable. More than $12 Billion of purchasing power will be at the event – so don’t wait any longer to join your fellow owners and top decision makers to be a part of THE Industry event. Register today at
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NOBODY is Immune to a Cyber Attack
American Supply Association
This Summer, the federal government lost the sensitive information of more than 21 million current and former government employees. Do you think your company, employees and financial data is safely protected from an attack? You may not think your company is a valuable target, but what if your bank or IT provider is targeted, what then? This is why you cannot afford to miss the ASA Finance Networking Council Event on Oct. 26 in Chicago to hear from expert Jeff Guggenheim,Regional Security Services Director of Dell SecureWorks on Cyber Security. Attend Jeff's presentation to learn how you can identify threats before they occur and prevent unwanted outsiders from achieving their ultimate goal of getting inside your network. In addition to the presentation, attendees will participate in roundtable discussions with their peers. This is a great investment of time and knowledge bases – plan on attending.
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    WHCI Plumbing Supply Announces Deal to Acquire USAVE Distribution Operations
WHCI Plumbing Supply – one of the California Bay Area's most revered providers of plumbing tools, infrastructure, fixtures and appliances to the wholesale trade – is pleased to announce an agreement in principle to acquire the Burlingame distribution operations of USAVE. The deal, which is expected to close within the next 60 days, will expand WHCI's footprint across the bay and into the northern peninsula, and further support the company's goals to provide fast, flexible service to a loyal and broadening customer base. READ MORE

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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: American Workers Widen European Counterpart Growth Gap (USA Today)

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

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25 Best Jobs in America
Want a new job? Glassdoor is here to help, identifying the Best Jobs in America for 2015. The jobs that make this report have the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score, determined by combining three key factors – number of job openings, earning potential and career opportunities rating. These jobs stand out across all three categories.
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How an Employee Training and Development Program Can Help Your Company
Smart Business: Houston via The Daniel Group
Training really sets a foundation for your staff as to what you're trying to get accomplished — your goals and visions. In addition, it gives employees an idea as to what's in the future, because as an employee goes through the interview and training process, he or she wants to know what he or she gains from taking the position.

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

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BrassCraft® Introduces Push Connect Water Heater Connectors

Offering trusted products since 1946, BrassCraft Manufacturing announces their new Push Connect Water Heater Connectors. Expanding on their Push Connect Technology family of products, connectors are available in ProCoat® coated stainless steel corrugated and Speedi Plumb® Plus polymer braid. They provide superior flexibility, corrosion resistance and are compatible with copper, PEX, and CPVC. The Push Connect technology allows for connecting with confidence for a fast, reliable and durable connection.
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

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