ASA Insights
Feb. 02, 2017

EPA Proposing Revisions to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act
American Supply Association
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a revision to the existing Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (RLDWA). The proposed revision will require labeling of plumbing products to differentiate plumbing products that meet the lead free requirements from those that are exempt from the lead free requirements and to require manufacturers to certify compliance with the lead free requirements. The intent of the proposed revision is to reduce the inadvertent use of non-lead free plumbing products in potable use applications and, consequently, reduce exposure to lead in drinking water and associated adverse health effects. More

NETWORK2016 Roundtable: Taking Action
American Supply Association
One major takeaway from the seventh annual American Supply Association/Supply House Times roundtable discussion that occurred at NETWORK2016 in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria: The five blue-chip PHCP-PVF distributors on the panel aren't afraid to take action to advance the best interests of their respective companies. The roundtable panel sat down for an hour-plus-long exclusive interview during ASA's annual convention that morphed into a collaborative and insightful discussion on many industry-relevant topics, including current market conditions, the adaptation of technology, ways to bring new talent into the industry and even candid moments such as navigating family succession among non-family employees.More

California Building Standards Commission to Hold First Code Advisory Committee Meeting
American Supply Association
The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) recently notified the public that the GREEN-Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical & Energy (PEME), Ad Hoc Code Advisory Committee (CAC) will be having their first meeting on February 13, 2017 and February 14, 2017. Acording to the meeting notice/agenda, the CACs will hear, discuss, deliberate and /or recommend an action on changes submitted to the 2016 California Electrical Code, 2016 California Plumbing Code and the 2016 California Mechanical Code by the State Agencies. All changes proposed by the state agencies can be viewed here. Comments concerning the proposed actions may be submitted to the GREEN/PEME Ad Hoc CAC by the close of business on February 12, 2017. More

ASA Washington Update
American Supply Association
When a new president is elected, millions of voters begin to hope that the work of the previous administration will be undone and all of the policies and promises on which their candidate campaigned will come to fruition. As history tells us, that's only partially true. The phone and the pen, about which former President Obama ominously warned his opponents, have their limits. The reviled overtime rule was started with an executive order, but it was the months of work conducted afterwards by the Department of Labor that led to its writing as a binding rule, only to be challenged in the courts. More

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights and ITR Economics to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance as well as how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month — the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the January report is February 10th. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions. More

New Sloan Valve Course
American Supply Association
Sloan Valve Company releases a new course in ASA-U! In Sloan’s new course, Programmed Water Technologies, you will learn the environmental benefits, functionality, and suggestions for customer support with this product. Click here to check it out now! More


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Is It Time To Re-Think Your Onboarding Process?
American Supply Association
If you're like most companies in the industry, you have an "on-boarding" process that you use when new people start. After a while, that process can get stale. And, since it is so difficult to find good talent these days, you really want to be on top of your game. After the candidate says "yes!" to your organization, you shift into employee retention mode from Day 1. And they are keeping score. An employee will make up their mind whether they're staying with a new job within the FIRST WEEK! Join ASA's Training & HR Networking Council on Tuesday, February 21 to learn ways to help create, implement, or upgrade your process. REGISTER NOW More

Young Execs Spring Forum Registration Now Open
American Supply Association
Taking place in Cleveland, the 2017 Spring Forum looks to build on its continued success. The Young Executives Division is a vital piece to develop leadership skills, build key relationships and work together with other young industry professionals. These education and networking opportunities are critical for tomorrow's leaders in all PHCP-PVF companies across the U.S. and are tailored specifically to the young executives. This year, with generous support from Oatey Co. and ASA's Education Foundation, Alex Goldfayn will be leading the educational portion of the event. Alex will focus on growing your company’s revenue with simple, powerful, no-cost communications techniques. Be sure to register right away for this great event taking place May 22-24, 2017. REGISTER NOW More

Prepare for the Challenges Ahead
American Supply Association

A labor study conducted in July 2015 identifies that 50% of our industry's workforce will retire by 2035. Are you planning for the challenges ahead?

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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Will US Oil Development Ever Reach Energy Independence?

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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. 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 NOWMore

7 High-Impact Approaches for Employee Development
As the CEO of a company that delivers technology focused on hiring success, I know far too well the importance of recruiting (and retaining) the best employees. A few months ago, I wrote about hiring for the long haul and 6 tips to find candidates who will stay. Once you've closed and successfully on-boarded your new employee, it's time to focus on their contributions, growth and development. Each year companies focus time and resources internally to deliver performance reviews, set goals and finalize development plans.

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