ASA Insights
Jan. 27, 2011

InSinkErator Supports ASA Supplier Partnership Program
American Supply Association
ASA Supplier Partnerships provide a return on investment that is twofold: support for the association that translates to support for the industry at large. InSinkErator has continued its strong and long-term commitment to ASA's goals by joining ASA's Supplier Partnership Program as a Gold Level Supplier Partner. "InSinkErator's commitment to ASA runs deep, as shown by the many years they have been a strong supporter of ASA's events and their service on many boards and committees," states Mike Adelizzi, ASA's executive vice president. "We welcome InSinkErator to the 2011 partnership program and thank them for their ongoing support." With this Gold Supplier Partnership, ASA will be able to provide year-round promotion and recognition to a company that is part of the cornerstone of the industry.More

Washington Power Shift to Slow Water Industry Measures
WaterWorld
The shift in power in the House of Representatives has changed the prospects for water-related legislation in the 112th Congress, which will sit in January and start work in February. Republicans seized control of the House in the November elections, increasing their numbers from 178 to 242. Democrats slipped from 255 to 192. The November elections left the Democrats in control of the Senate with a slim majority. The Senate previously had 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans and 2 Independents (who caucus with the Democrats). The November elections changed the balance to 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and 2 Independents.More

2011 ASA Spring Forum Registration Open
American Supply Association
ASA's Young Executives and Kohler Co. are partnering to bring the 2011 Spring Forum to Kohler, Wis., at the Inn on Woodlake from May 23 to 25. Featuring an evening with David Kohler, two days of strategic leadership training with Rick Johnson and several networking functions designed to bring together the next generation of leaders in the PHCP and PVF industry, this program is an outstanding opportunity to learn new concepts and skills, cultivate profitable relationships with channel partners from across the country and enjoy the wonderful camaraderie for which ASA events are widely known. Located one hour north of Milwaukee, the Village of Kohler is an amazing community of 1,900 people — a premier golf and spa destination and home to a leading American corporation.More

Manufacturing Goal of New Legislation
The Daily Cardinal
Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers debuted legislation recently to boost the manufacturing industry statewide, and they hope to gain bipartisan support. State Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, said the first part of the two-piece Marketing Manufacturers and Keeping Employees legislation would provide for a five-year, $2.6 million marketing campaign for Wisconsin manufacturers. The idea, according to state Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, is to market Wisconsin manufacturers on a national and international level the way the state markets Wisconsin tourism.More

Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System
American Supply Association/The Wall Street Journal
In another shift toward the political center following losses in November, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order aimed to reduce and reform our burdensome regulatory system. Written in the opinion pages of the influential Wall Street Journal, the president articulated his goals to encourage the business community to invest with greater confidence, reduce unemployment and ultimately increase America's competitiveness. In his words, Obama hopes to "strike the right balance" between protecting the public and not interfering with economic growth. While it remains unknown exactly which regulations will be candidates for revision or elimination, ASA members should help the administration identify onerous regulations by exploring www.regulations.gov, where your feedback and participation is encouraged and essential.More

Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating Monitoring New US Standards on Lead Content
Daily Commercial News
Although there are no new lead regulations on the horizon for the plumbing industry in Canada, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating is keeping an eye on developments south of the border. Earlier this month, legislation came into effect in the United States that significantly reduces the amount of lead allowed in plumbing products that come into contact with drinking water. The law reduces the lead standard for pipes, pipe fittings and plumbing fittings from as much as 8 percent to 0.25 percent — in line with legislation in California, Vermont and Maryland.More

Protect Your Employees and Company from the No. 1 At-Work Killer
American Supply Association
Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for 13 percent of all workplace fatalities? Join the ASA Safety Committee in a FREE webinar, designed to teach companies about the No. 1 cause of death at work (based on the 2009 BLS, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illness Summary) and what you can do to protect your employees and company. From 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 17, the webinar will provide an overview of sudden cardiac arrest and its potential impact to your workplace. Mike Brode from Cardiac Science will discuss how to build the case for an AED program, overcome budget committee obstacles and implement an AED program. You will learn about AED legislation and liability and the five "musts" your AED program should have. This webinar is strictly a what-you-need-to-know practical approach to getting an AED program off the ground. Spend 60 minutes now; save hours later.More