ASA Insights
Apr. 4, 2013

Now Available For Purchase: Introduction to HVACR©
ASA University's Newest Product Knowledge Course

American Supply Association
The new Introduction to HVACR© course provides a basic foundation in the principles of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Through detailed illustrations, real-life examples and instructional text, learners acquire an understanding of the basics of electrical and mechanical components related to residential and light commercial heating and cooling systems. Key for any employees new to your company or to the product line, this course continues the tradition associated with the ProductPro® brand by making your employees smarter about the products they sell. Intro to HVACR© will familiarize your employees with the terms related to and the components found within HVACR systems, as well as provide a basic understanding of the principles of HVACR. Purchase your course today!More

Beaulieu to Provide Members-Only Industry Forecast April 11
American Supply Association
On Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. EDT, an ASA members-only industry forecasting webinar will be presented by Alan Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics. Alan is the author of ASA's monthly ASA Advisor forecasting newsletter. This webinar will be the first in a series of two members-only webinars that will be offered in 2013. On April 11, discussion will include information on the macroeconomic and regional environments, and specifically how they affect ASA members. Key industry trends, interest rates, areas of concern and where opportunities can be found will also be discussed. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A and for learning how each company can incorporate rate-of-change into their planning process. ASA members may access webinar login details by sending an email request to

Healthcare Update — Small Businesses Comments on Employer Mandate
American Supply Association
As the most complicated provisions of the Affordable Care Act come closer to reality, administration officials are also a bit closer to implementation. The Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare has submitted comments to the IRS as they work through implementing the proposed rule for shared responsibility for employers, also known as the Employer Mandate.More

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance and 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 March report is April 10. Click here to learn more about this free and exclusive benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.More

Free Regional Webinars to Address Lead-Free Law Compliance
American Supply Association
Next week, John Kirkland, vice president of sales with Legend Valve & Fitting, will be conducting a series of free webinars to three of ASA's regions regarding the quickly approaching lead-free law. Kirkland will discuss specifics on what companies need to know regarding compliance with the law, and will allow plenty of time for Q & A at the conclusion of each webinar.

Click the corresponding links above to access webinar registration details for each appropriate region. Contact a staff member at ASA at (630)-467-0000 or for further details.More

ASA Showroom Manager Networking Breakfast at KBIS
American Supply Association
Are you looking for a showroom sales network that keeps you tuned into current trends in the PHCP industry? ASA is growing that network. ASA invites all showroom managers attending KBIS 2013 in New Orleans to connect with their peers at a fun and casual networking breakfast taking place during the show. Click here for more details.More

Free Safety Webinars to Address Revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard
American Supply Association
Join Louisa Mayers, director of regulatory services at MSDSpro LLC, for a one-hour presentation on how OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 2012 affects U.S.-based employers, the wholesaler and distributor in particular. This webinar, scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 9, covers a variety of informational topics. An additional webinar will be held at the same time the following day for manufacturers. Click here for more details.More

World Vision to Present Crystal Vision Award at KBIS 2013
American Supply Association
The Storehouse of World Vision will present its 13th annual Crystal Vision Award at KBIS 2013 later this month in New Orleans. The Storehouse of World Vision is a network of six warehouses that receive donated goods — including building materials, school supplies, personal care items and clothing — from corporate partners and annually distribute them to more than 2.2 million people in low-income communities. The Storehouse's Crystal Vision Award, presented annually to a vendor who has gone above and beyond in their donations and charitable activities, will be presented on Saturday, April 20 as part of KBIS 2013 during a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. at the Earnest L. Morial Convention Center. Click here for more information. More

Distribution/Marketing Consolidation Accelerates in Face of US Economic Restructuring
The Desert Sun
One of the fascinating sidebars to the current problems as well as opportunities confronting such major economic sectors as electrical, plumbing-heating-cooling, pipe-valve-fittings, industrial mill/supply distribution, are the solid distribution entities that act as the major warehousing/marketing entities for the overwhelming central point between manufacturers and ultimate end-users and installers.More

US Home Prices Rose In February By Most In 7 Years
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
U.S. home prices jumped in February by the largest amount in seven years, evidence that the housing recovery strengthened ahead of the all-important spring-buying season. Home prices rose 10.2 percent in February compared with a year earlier, CoreLogic, a real estate data provider said. The annual gain was the biggest since March 2006. Prices have now increased on an annual basis for 12 straight months, underscoring the recovery's steady momentum.More

How The US Oil, Gas Boom Could Shake Up Global Order
NBC News
Without fanfare, China passed the United States in December to become the world's leading importer of oil — the first time in nearly 40 years that the U.S. didn't own that dubious distinction. That same month, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania together produced 1.5 million barrels of oil a day — more than Iran exported.More

US Construction Up 1.2 Percent In February
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
Spending on U.S. construction projects rebounded in February, helped by a surge in home construction, which rose to the highest level in more than four years. The Commerce Department says construction spending rose 1.2 percent in February, compared to January, when construction had dropped 2.1 percent. Spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $885.1 billion, 7.9 percent higher than a year ago.More