ASA Insights
Jan. 12, 2017

Congress Gets Down to Business
American Supply Association
The House and Senate have rolled up their sleeves and gotten down to doing what they were sent to Washington to do, the people’s business. In the Senate, nominees to lead agencies as important as the Department of Justice, Homeland Security and Defense are being vetted and appearing before the Senate in hearings. There are few matters more important than having those departments up and running on January 20 with their secretaries duly sworn in.More

Will Limits on Free Trade Affect Recovery?
ASA Advisor©
Limitations on free trade would likely boost domestic activity in the U.S. for perhaps six months before the effects begin to show up. However, the ill-effects for China would be almost immediate. In response to a reader's question, Brian Beaulieu, CEO at ITR Economics remarked, "I tend to doubt that Mr. Trump and the next Congress will follow through in any meaningful way on that part of his campaign." Login to MY ASA to access ASA's latest macroeconomic forecast report for the PHCP-PVF industry. More

Metal Theft's Dive In Sync with Prices
ASA Materials Market Digest©
In a dramatic drop-off that extends a multi-year trend, insured metal theft claims in 2015 were down 23.0 percent from 2014 levels and 29.0 percent over the past two years, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). During this three-year period, 35,961 insurance claims for the theft of copper, bronze, brass or aluminum were handled, with 98.0 percent involving copper. The top five states for metal theft claims over the three-year period were Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Texas. The frequency of copper theft claims shows a statistically significant correlation to the monthly average price of copper, leaving little doubt that copper's slump of the past few years is mainly responsible for the decline in thievery. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA's Materials Market Digest©.More

Stay Up to Speed with Codes and Standards
American Supply Association
The Codes and Standards News page is updated periodically, as important news affecting the plumbing, PVF, and HVAC/Hydronics industry is released. Recent news includes:

  1. EPA Proposes Adding Natural Gas Processing Facilities to List of Industrial Sectors Covered by the Toxics Release Inventory
  2. IAPMO Submits UPC TIA for Public Review
  3. ASA Appointed to the NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 Technical Committees
  4. DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to the Conversion Factors for Consumer Water Heaters and Certain Commercial Water Heaters
Please visit the Codes and Standards News for the most recent industry news.More

PSP Celebrates 100th Anniversary & New Executive Team
American Supply Association
As Puget Sound Pipe & Supply begins to celebrate its 100th year in business this January, the company has taken additional steps to strengthen its dedication to growth, innovation and expansion. PSP is very pleased to announce that the fourth generation of the Stratiner/Lewis family has been added to the company’s executive management team. More

Developing Positive Relationships at Work
American Supply Association
It's no secret that the aim of every organization is to hire the best talent. But when it comes to success in the workplace, Ivy League degrees and decades of professional experience are of no use if individuals fail to develop and maintain healthy relationships. In other words, when the people in your organization can't work together and "play nice," business is bound to suffer. Developing Positive Relationships is the positive learning experience your organization needs to ensure that individuals unite around a common mission, value diversity, rise above personal slights, take responsibility, and cultivate an environment based on trust. More

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ASA University Offers Five Colleges Filled with Role-Based Training
American Supply Association
Developed by the Industry For the Industry, ASA's Colleges organize Role-Based Training to help member-companies and their employees become the best trained in the industry. Standard Job Descriptions are available for nearly every role within your Wholesale-Distribution business. Each Role has defined competencies required to meet objectives and help to support a training and development program for organizations to run smoothly. Role-Based Training is a powerful tool to identify the necessary skills and courses for employees based on role. These training tracks identify courses that work together to improve everything from Customer Focus to Team Building. Each College provides job-specific courses to make your organization as strong as possible.More

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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Has Universal College Education Become Exaggerated?

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Why Donald Trump Should Focus on Improving Water Infrastructure
News Deeply
Dear President-Elect Trump, congratulations on your election as the 45th President of the United States. During the long campaign you ran on a platform of change and since the election you have charted a course toward improving our nation's infrastructure. I urge you to focus some of that change and a significant portion of those infrastructure improvements on the one issue at the center of survival for all Americans, regardless of whom they voted for — water. More

ASA University is Offering $100 Rebate for First Time UID Attendees!
American Supply Association
ASA University is offering a $100 Rebate for all first time UID attendees who are members of ASA. Hurry, space is limited and Early Bird ends January 10th! The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation of Purdue University. REGISTER NOW More

6 Ways to Ensure You're Recruiting the Best Talent
Business News Today
Building a great team is high on the priority list for nearly every company. But employers no longer have the upper hand when hiring. Today's most talented professionals have their choice, with companies fighting for their attention and services. Attracting that talent to your organization is a challenge that must be met head-on, in innovative ways.

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GOP Leader Defends Contentious Provision in Tax Plan
The Hill
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) defended a provision in the House Republicans' tax plan that has drawn opposition from retailers and other business groups. McCarthy said on CNBC that the "border adjustment" provision is a way "to focus on manufacturing and other jobs within America." Under the provision, there would be a new tax on imports, and products produced for export would be exempt from the corporate tax.More