ASA Insights
Jan. 12, 2012

ASAEF Welcomes New Director of Professional Development
American Supply Association

The American Supply Association Education Foundation (ASAEF) has announced the hiring of Doug Dillon as Director of Professional Development. In this role, Dillon will be responsible for formalizing the new education and training advisory model for the Foundation, as well as overseeing the development and implementation of the Branch Manager Certification Program including the related content, requirements and assessments.More

First 2012 ASA Supplier Partnerships Announced
American Supply Association
ASA is proud to announce that four organizations that were cornerstone participants in the 2011 ASA Supplier Partnership program have reinvested for 2012. Partnering with ASA at the Platinum Level are the ASA Education Foundation, Bradford White, Kohler Company and Weldbend. Developed in 2010, the ASA Supplier Partnership was created as an alternative to a traditional sponsorship program. ASA Supplier Partnerships fund the association's year-round activities and programs to benefit ASA members and raise awareness among the industry at large. With their financial commitment, the Supplier Partner organization receives an extended return on investment as their support is now promoted through an entire calendar year and at all ASA-produced events. This sustained marketing and support effort is viewed as a win-win for both the Supplier Partner and the ASA. Please contact Ruth Mitchell for more information on the Supplier Partner program at ruth@asa.net.More

Legal Battle Lines Drawn Over Health Care Law
American Supply Association
This spring the Obama administration will defend one of its key legislative accomplishments, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in our nation's highest court. On Friday, the administration began its defense by filing a brief on one of the more controversial provisions in the law: the individual mandate. For three of the four cases dealing with this issue, Friday was the deadline to file opening briefs. The court will set aside three days of hearings in March. Until then, it is believed that a record number of "amicus," or "friend of the court briefs," will be filed in the meantime.More

2012 University of Industrial Distribution: Early-Bird Registration Deadline Tomorrow!
American Supply Association
Attention, all industrial distribution and manufacturing professionals committed to ongoing education and professional development: If you have not yet registered for the 2012 University of Industrial Distribution, NOW is the time. Save $200 in registration fees if you register by tomorrow, Friday the 13th! Held March 5-8 in Indianapolis, UID is a four-day institute that offers superb concentrated learning and excellent peer-to-peer networking. 2012 marks the 19th year that UID has been serving the distribution industry. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading industrial distribution professional associations in cooperation with the Industrial Distribution Program of Purdue University. Click HERE for more details!More

ASA-Sponsored Warehouse Training Approaching — Register Today!
American Supply Association
Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations©, an ASA-sponsored training course offered through the Association Education Alliance, will take place in Tampa on Feb. 7, Miami on Feb. 21 and Orlando on Feb. 23. The course is geared toward warehouse employees, especially those on the supervisor track, and features instructor Jason Bader, managing partner of The Distribution Team Inc. Bader brings more than 20 years of experience in managing small and large distribution facilities, and emphasizes practical experience through all of his teaching. Participant registration deadlines are 10 days prior to each class, so please click here to register for any of these dates today. For full program details, including a complete schedule of cities and dates through June 2012, please click here.More

Report: IRS Workload Cripples Agency
POLITICO
A sharp increase in the IRS's workload is causing a slew of problems for the agency, including delays in refunds to taxpayers and failure to identify fraudulent tax claims, a new report to Congress out Wednesday warns. "The overriding challenge facing the IRS is that its workload has grown significantly in recent years, while its funding is being cut," Nina E. Olson, the national taxpayer advocate, said in her annual report to lawmakers. "This is causing the IRS to resort to shortcuts that undermine fundamental taxpayer rights and harm taxpayers — and at the same time reduces the IRS's ability to deliver on its core mission of raising revenue."More

Copper Falls, Europe Debt Crisis Dims Demand Prospects
Reuters
Copper fell on Monday as markets feared that a solution to Europe's debt crisis remained out of reach, suggesting dim prospects for metals demand despite signs of improved growth in the United States, the world's largest economy. Other metals ended in positive territory, however. Aluminium was underpinned by production cutbacks, while zinc, lead and nickel were helped by the prospect of output reductions and the fact that prices are near production costs.More

Greater Skills Expected for Manufacturing Jobs
American Public Media
More than 2 million manufacturing jobs were lost during the recession. Companies have started hiring again — but they want workers who are more highly skilled than the ones they laid off. So they're turning to local vocational programs for help. Under the watchful eye of welding teacher Leo Suhre, students are cutting through sheets of metal at Richland Community College in Decatur, Ill. The school only has enough shop space for only 12 students at a time. But this year, there's been so much demand for welding courses, the college began offering classes overnight.More