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As 2012 comes to a close, the American Supply Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of ASA Insights a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

ASA Reaches Net Membership Growth for First Time in Decades
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From Oct. 4: After dealing with industry consolidation for over 10 years as well as one of the worst economies in more than half a century, the American Supply Association reached net membership growth in 2012. This is a milestone that has not been seen in decades. "People are talking about the new relevance of ASA and that certainly has made it easier to convince owners to join us," said ASA Executive Vice President Michael Adelizzi. "They see us doing some really remarkable things, including the rapid expansion of our educational programming and our efforts fighting for them in Washington. Joining ASA is viewed as an excellent investment." More

Matalin, Carville & Woodward to Headline at NetworkASA 2013 in DC
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From Nov. 2
Coming off a successful NetworkASA 2012 – OWN IT: Your Company, Your Industry, Your Future in Orlando, Fla. (photos from the event are now available online by clicking here), ASA already has begun planning for the 2013 event, to be held at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown, Oct. 2-5. Confirmed speakers for the A.O. Smith Future Trends Luncheon are the husband and wife duo of Mary Matalin and James Carville (pictured left). Also confirmed for the Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast, sponsored by Kohler, is Bob Woodward, regarded as one of America's preeminent investigative reporters and nonfiction authors.

NetworkASA 2012 a Knockout!
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From Oct. 25: Buoyed by overflow crowds at nearly every event, the American Supply Association's annual conference, NetworkASA 2012: OWN IT – Your Company, Your Industry, Your Future, was once again an overwhelming success. As has been the case in previous years, the 2012 event received extraordinarily high marks from attendees. From headline events such as the A.O. Smith Future Trends Luncheon with Steve Forbes, the Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast brought to you by Kohler, and the Weldbend IPD Breakfast featuring legendary boxer and businessman George Foreman, to the always popular educational sessions and Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments, attendees experienced captivating events that far exceeded all expectations. More

Third Quarter 2012 Tops Largest on Record
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From Oct. 20: September 2012 finished the third quarter with an increase in work day revenues of 3.6% over 2011 which is the largest growth quarter since records have been kept. 3Q12 was 16.8% over 2010; an incredible 37.3% over 2009 and 31.9% over 2008. For American Supply Association members, there was a 6.5% increase reported in per day revenues as compared to the same month in 2011; up 20.5% as compared to 2010. More

Size Matters For ASA Distributor Members
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From May 24: American Supply Association distributor members continue to show differing results based on their revenues. Smaller distributors, under $10 million in annual revenue, are still in a recession. Larger distributors, at over $125 million in annual revenue, are well into recovery. In the past 36 months, smaller distributors are still over 9% below the trailing 12-month revenues while larger distributors are back to pre-recession levels. Overall, April 2012 per day revenue, as compared to 2011, was up 9.5%; up 18% as compared to 2010; up 17.5% as compared to 2009 but down 2.3% vs. a very strong 2008. The plumbing, heating and pipe, valve and fitting distributors are also up 8.8% on a trailing 12-month basis. Geographically, all regional monthly revenue showed positive near double-digit growth with the south and west showing the strongest gains. In a relatively new trend, the previously red hot industrial pipe, valve and fitting segment is now at approximately the same growth rate as the plumbing and heating segment. More

Supply House Times to Highlight Leading ASA Distributors for Third Consecutive Year
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From Nov. 15: Beginning with the January 2013 issue of Supply House Times, six prominent ASA distributor members will once again be featured in a two-part, in-depth interview. ASA partnered with their official publication to facilitate the interview panel during NetworkASA 2012 in Orlando, Fla., in order to bring the industry valuable and relevant information to better prepare for the coming year. More

Obama Wins Another Term — Uncertain Road Ahead
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From Nov. 8: This week, President Barack Obama was re-elected by a margin wider than many expected. As the pundits, also-rans and party members begin analyzing the loss for Gov. Mitt Romney, a number of early indicators are revealing themselves. To begin, no candidate will win without a strong voter turnout, something the Romney team had come to expect following the level of partisanship that has arisen in the past four years. However, turnout was actually down this year. More

Weak Economy: Midwest Distributors Told How to Cope
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From Nov. 21: Better learn how to tack against the wind because a gale-force economy is nowhere on the horizon. That was the gist of a presentation from Chairman & CEO of NIBCO Rex Martin (pictured right) at the 2012 Annual Meeting & Fall Industry Dinner for the Midwest Distributors Association (MwDA) on Nov. 12 in suburban Chicagoland, which was also, coincidentally, NIBCO's 108th anniversary. More

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