ASA Insights
Feb. 9, 2012

Focus on Racking Risks, Safety
American Supply Association
ASA's Safety Committee will be presenting a FREE webinar, Industrial Steel Storage Racks - Minimizing Your Risk Over the Life Cycle, at 2 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 14. Presenting the webinar will be John Nofsinger, Managing Director of the Rack Manufacturers Institute, and Dave Olson, President of RMI. Everyone is invited to attend, although the webinar is specifically targeted to those personnel at your facilities who have or soon will be participating in a rack storage installation. The webinar also will be particularly beneficial for those individuals who create safety procedures and implement OSHA requirements within your company. Please click here for more details and to register online.More

CFOs to Discuss Fraud, Embezzlement
American Supply Association
ASA will be conducting a CFO Networking Council event from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. CFOs are welcome to attend the event not only for networking value, but also to lend their experience to their industry peers and learn at the same time. Topics and issues to be discussed include: annual budgets, financial metrics (both tracking and presentation) and cases of fraud and embezzlement. Please click here for more details and online registration.More

Cash Stashed in Warehouses Throughout Florida
American Supply Association
Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations©, an ASA-sponsored training course offered through the Association Education Alliance, will take place in Miami on Feb. 23 and Tampa on Feb. 24. The course is geared toward warehouse employees, especially those on a supervisory 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 either of these dates today. For full program details, including a complete schedule of cities and dates through June 2012, please click here.More

In this Congress, Even the Easy Bills Get Stuck
Politicians love to say they can walk and chew gum at the same time. This Congress is proving it can't really do either. Three initiatives with wide, bipartisan support — banning insider trading on Capitol Hill, a massive tax cut for the middle class and rebuilding the nation's roads — are staggering like a beaten boxer in the final round, with their ultimate fate uncertain. It raises an inevitable question on Capitol Hill: Can this Congress get anything done?More

Barclays: Global Copper Mine Production to Rise to 16.3 MT in 2012
Commodity Online
The Copper mine supply-side experienced an appalling year by any standards in 2011, with what can only be described as a perfect storm of disruptions impacting output. Weighed by a combination of lower ore grades, technical issues, slower-than-expected ramp-ups and labor disputes, global mine production is anticipated to have fallen 200 KT year-over-year to 15.9 MT in 2011, said Barclays Capital in a research note.More

Manufacturing Jobs Start Year with Strong Gains
USA Today
Last week's surprisingly strong jobs report spotlighted healthy employment gains in manufacturing — an industry that was expected to be hampered by Europe's economic downturn this year. So far, the nation's factories are defying the gloomy forecasts, adding 50,000 jobs in January — their strongest showing in a year — on top of 32,000 in December, the Labor Department said. Overall, employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months. Manufacturing was the second-biggest gainer, behind professional and business services.More

US, Manufacturing Employment Jumps Higher in January
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. employment numbers jumped significantly higher in January, with unemployment rate dropping to 8.3 percent. Nonfarm payrolls grew by 243,000, and manufacturers added 50,000 net new workers. These numbers continue to affirm the rebound and importance of manufacturing to economic recovery. Looking specifically at January 2012 figures, the bulk of new jobs in manufacturing came from durable goods sector, which was up 44,000 for the month.More