ASA Insights
Feb. 6, 2014

ASA Receives Industry Partner Honor at KBIS
American Supply Association

Larry Noble (left) of World Vision presents
ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi
with the Storehouse of World Vision's
"Partner of the Year" Award.
This past week at the KBIS, ASA received the Storehouse of World Vision's "Partner of the Year" honors as part of their 14th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Breakfast. The Storehouse of World Vision makes a valiant effort to work with children and families worldwide to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. "ASA member companies have been able to provide a positive impact on the lives of children and their families in need through their valuable contributions of time, effort and much needed household items to the Storehouse of World Vision," said Mike Adelizzi, who accepted the award on behalf of ASA. "ASA and its members will continue to support The Storehouse's efforts to help these individuals reach their full potential."More

ASA, PMI to Join Forces for April Washington Fly-In
American Supply Association
During the first week of April, leaders of the PHCP and PVF industry will be front and center advocating on issues important to suppliers and manufacturers. For the first time, American Supply Association and Plumbing Manufacturers International will be joining forces at our industry's Legislative Fly-In on April 9 and 10. A brochure with full program details will be mailed out within the next week.More

House Tax Writers Mark-Up Bill to Address '30-Hour Work Week'
American Supply Association
This week, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced along party lines legislation that would address the changes made in the Affordable Care Act that essentially redefined the 40-hour work week. Many may have noticed the continuing discussion over employers reducing work hours; this is largely done as a consequence of the provision that reclassifies employees who work 30 hours be classified as full-time, and thus eligible for healthcare benefits. With ASA's support, the committee advanced legislation reforming this inequity. See our letter of support.More

ASA to Celebrate World Plumbing Day March 11
American Supply Association
World Plumbing Day, an international event recognized on March 11 and initiated by the World Plumbing Council, celebrates the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society. The safety and abundance of drinking water is, of course, a concern for most people all over the world, but what is not often emphasized is the work the plumbing industry contributes every day to alleviate these concerns. Visit WorldPlumbingDay.org for more information on World Plumbing Day and how you and your company can participate. More

New Report Strikes at Heart of Affordable Care Act
American Supply Association
This week, the Congressional Budget Office, known as the official "scorekeeper" on Capitol Hill, issued one of its regular reports on the country's budget outlook. Embedded late in the report is a section exploring what the labor market will look like as a result of the Affordable Care Act. While the report paints an optimistic picture of our nation's deficit, it projects that nearly 2.3 million workers will leave the workforce by 2021. The report suggest that more people will choose not to work or to work fewer hours because they will no longer need to in order to have health insurance. The CBO also changed its projection of the number enrolled in private insurance through the ACA from 7 million to 6 million, and in Medicaid from 9 million to 8 million. Read the full report.More

Beschloss: Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Stall Turns Travesty into Political Power Play
The Desert Sun
It's an obvious fact that the multiyear stall on the Keystone XL oil pipeline is primarily blocked by the shrill rhetoric of those self-styled climatological purists, who care little about America's economic well-being. This has now dragged on for three years, while the most vituperous challenges to this Canadian gift to America's energy development have become the target of political extremists, who are blocking this obvious benefit to accelerating U.S. oil derivatives' conversion into taxable revenues and employment, which should have been an obvious slam dunk.More

New Orders for Manufactured Goods Down 1.5% in December
Modern Distribution Management
New orders for manufactured goods in December, down two of the last three months, decreased $7.2 billion or 1.5% to $489.2 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. This followed a 1.5% November increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.2%. Shipments, down following five consecutive monthly increases, decreased $1.2 billion or 0.2% to $492.7 billion. This followed a 0.8% November increase.More

Commercial Construction Forecast: Promising for 2014 and 2015
BUILDINGS
As the economy continues to stabilize, non-residential construction will grow, spurred along by declining office and retail vacancies as well as growing commercial property values. The American Institute of Architects predicts that spending will increase 5.8% in 2014 and 8% in 2015.More

Do You Know These Employee Recruiting Fundamentals?
By Mel Kleiman
The tools, technologies and techniques we use to attract potential employees keep evolving, but a great recruiting program is still all about basic "blocking and tackling." For starters, if you only recruit when you have a job opening, you cannot get the best. Waiting to recruit until you need someone is like grocery shopping when you're hungry — you'll buy the first thing that looks good that you can open and eat right away. Feeling pressured to hire someone causes you to be less selective and, more often than not, results in a poor hiring decision.More