ASA Insights
March 3, 2011

Chris Wallace Named as Future Trends Lunch Speaker for NetworkASA 2011
American Supply Association
Veteran broadcast journalist Chris Wallace has been named as the speaker for the ASA Future Trends Lunch at NetworkASA 2011, to be held Sept. 13 to 16 at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Wallace is the host of "Fox News Sunday," Fox Broadcasting Company's Sunday morning public affairs program. He also contributes to the network's political and election news coverage. Before joining Fox News, Wallace worked at ABC News for 15 years, where he served as the chief correspondent for "Primetime Thursday" and as a substitute host for "Nightline." At NetworkASA 2011, Wallace will provide a glimpse into what the future holds for our industry, for public policy and for your business.More

ASA Legislative Fly-In May 3 to 4
American Supply Association
ASA will be conducting its 2011 Legislative Fly-In May 3 to 4 in Washington, D.C. The Legislative Fly-In is a unique opportunity for members to personally meet with decision-makers on Capitol Hill. During face-to-face visits, ASA members have the chance to educate members of Congress, the Senate and their staffers regarding issues specifically affecting the PHCP and PVF industry. If you have ever wanted to participate in the democratic processes that govern our great nation, the 2011 Legislative Fly-In is your opportunity.More

ASA OPR Data Collection Under Way
American Supply Association
Most companies today use ratio comparatives to discover strengths and weaknesses. However, these are only tools to measure performance, not remedies to financial problems. It is the use to which you put these ratios that will determine their real value. In addition to the participation and cooperation on the part of the various managers who exercise control over their revenue or cost areas, the company's annual budget process should give considerable attention to setting company norms that are at least equal to those prevailing in the industry. These standards are found in the annual ASA Operating Performance Report.

Companies that participate in the OPR receive details of survey results in primary business segments in all of the PHCP and PVF industries. Participation is now open for the 2011 ASA OPR. Please contact Chris Murin at 312-464-0090, ext. 204, or at cmurin@asa.net for more information. Click here to participate in the survey now.More

Manufacturing Jobs On Rise
Cincinnati.com
Manufacturing jobs are making a comeback across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as the region produces everything from auto parts and micro-machinery to burial caskets and copper wire. After losing nearly 37,000 jobs over the past decade, manufacturing employment in the region increased 5 percent last year over 2009 — adding 4,800 jobs and encouraging the fragile economic recovery. Economists expect manufacturing growth will continue to lead the recovery this year. But even as they're hiring, local employers and workforce development experts worry that an aging manufacturing workforce and an outdated image of industrial labor could stunt the region's ability to remain competitive as a major manufacturing center.More

Martin Retires From ASA Education Foundation
American Supply Association
ASA announces the retirement of Paul F. Martin, senior director of Program & Business Development at the ASA Education Foundation, effective March 1. Martin had been with the foundation for 12 years, serving as its executive director for most of his tenure. Prior to ASAEF, Martin served as programs director for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, where he led the development of several food safety training programs, a manager certification program and a school-to-work curriculum. It was this type of extensive experience in planning, developing and marketing training programs coupled with his considerable skills in strategic direction and business management that enabled the foundation to grow considerably under his direction.More

Washington Watches Wisconsin
American Supply Association
"But now that the worst of the recession is over, we have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable. Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same." Those were the words spoken by President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address in January. For almost three weeks, various arms of organized labor from across the Midwest have swarmed to Wisconsin's Capitol building over a budget battle that many view as an indicator of battles to come. As one of the giants of the labor movement once suggested, "It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government."More

Nominations Being Accepted for Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award
American Supply Association
Nominations are currently being accepted for the prestigious Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors an individual's contributions to, and achievements in, the PHCP/PVF industry. The award is named for its first recipient, Fred V. Keenan of Keenan Supply, a division of Hajoca Corp. Wholesalers, manufacturers, independent manufacturer representatives, association executives or other individuals involved in the industry are eligible to receive the award. Other previous recipients include Karl Neupert, Ed Felten, John McDonald, John Martin and Frank Finkel.More

House, Senate Move to Avert Government Shutdown
American Supply Association/The Hill
This week, the House passed a two-week stopgap to avoid a looming shutdown of the federal government. Having spent several days debating hundreds of amendments to finally pass a fiscal year 2011 funding bill, the House finds itself once again waiting for the Senate to act. Now, with the March 4 deadline quickly approaching, the law to fund current operations is on a path for expiration. This would be accompanied by an effective shutdown of the federal government unless a temporary spending measure is sent to President Barack Obama's desk. On Tuesday, the House passed a two-week extension with $4 billion in cuts. This was done in anticipation of the Senate taking both this bill and the long-term continuing resolution, passed by the House on Feb, 19, by week's end.More

Paul Downs: Why I Think Manufacturing Has a Future
The New York Times
I recently read an article in The New York Times under the headline "When Factories Vanish, So Can Innovators." Because I run a small factory, I read it with interest. I'm not sure that these kinds of articles — and there are plenty of them — give a fair representation of manufacturing in America. For instance, one might get the impression that American factory jobs are about to disappear, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we actually have 2 million more factory workers today than we did in 1939. I'm also not sure why one would measure lost manufacturing capacity in terms of lost workers.More