ASA Insights
Apr. 12, 2012

Imminent Changes Coming Out of Dept. of Labor
American Supply Association
During the last several months, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor have proposed pro-union rules that could impact every ASA member, along with millions of other employers, by creating new burdens on unprepared businesses and threatening job growth. In January, President Barack Obama ignored the rules of the Senate, along with constitutionally established separation of powers, by appointing three new members to the NLRB. The appointments are evidence that the Board will continue to operate uninterrupted in its pursuit of diminishing the voices of employers in the workplace. During a FREE webinar offering April 26, prominent Washington, D.C., labor attorney Maurice Baskin will update ASA members on the status of NLRB and DOL issued rules and the resulting legal challenges and outcomes. Click here for more details.More

Apollo Valves Embraces the Future by Strengthening the Industry
American Supply Association
Apollo Valves, a family-owned company and leader in the valve manufacturing industry since 1928, has earned a reputation for developing new products to meet emerging market demands. The company also sees the value of continued opportunity for innovation — both in manufacturing and supporting the PHCP and PVF industry. With this in mind, Apollo Valves has invested in ASA's Supplier Partner Program as a Silver Level Partner. Apollo's investment in the sponsorship program will allow ASA to continue to produce and provide events and services that support the full industry channel. Helping ASA grow and move forward follows Apollo's belief of "being a stronger company today because of our history," Glenn Mosack said. "Now, we're looking toward the future."

Read more about the company and Apollo's Made in the USA products by clicking here. You'll be glad you did.More

ASA Legislative Fly-In Room Group Rate Deadline Approaching
American Supply Association
Are you tired of the decision-makers in Washington going about their business without any recourse? Are you in agreement with ASA's leadership that we should be on Capitol Hill influencing federal legislation on issues impacting our members' businesses? If you answered "yes" to either or both of those questions, it is time for you to get in the game and register for next month's ASA's Legislative Fly-In, to be held May 15-16. With more than 450 members of the House and Senate preparing to ask you to hire them again for another term, there is no better time than the present to reach out and educate these individuals on PHCP and PVF industry issues. As an added bonus, you will save on your accommodations at the Capital Hilton Hotel if you register for the event before the discounted group rate deadline of April 15. Click the links for more details and call ASA today with any questions at (630) 467-0000.More

ASA Supports New Approach to Addressing Regulatory Reform
American Supply Association
Some of the more noticeable impediments to our economy's recovery are the knowns and unknowns surrounding ongoing regulations and their troubling impact on businesses. Recently, legislation has been introduced that would attempt to mitigate this uncertainty by reigning in the Executive Branch rule-making activities. The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012, or H.R. 3862, would increase the transparency and fairness of federal rule-making by allowing public input and requiring notice when activist groups seek to impose new rules and regulations on the public through lawsuit settlements with regulatory agencies — a process known as "sue-and-settle" regulation.More

George Conyngham Honored by Children's Service Center
American Supply Association/Children's Service Center
Past ASA President George Conyngham, president of Eastern Pennsylvania Supply Company in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was honored April 11 by the Children's Service Center at the organization's 150th Anniversary Luncheon. Conyngham received the Outstanding Commitment to Children Award, which was presented annually between 1983 and 2007 at CSC's annual meeting. On the occasion of its sesquicentennial, Children's Service Center has revived the award. The Conyngham family has served the children of Wilkes-Barre and Northeast Pennsylvania for more than 100 years.More

ISM Report: Manufacturing on the Rise Again
Manufacturing Business Technology
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 32nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 34th straight month, according to the most recent Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. "It's just a very, very balanced report," says Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management. "If you look at this month and at the first quarter, I think we see a lot of consistency, steady growth, and consistent growth." More

Analyst: Steel Stocks Will Build on Construction Gains
As construction goes, so will go the steel industry, Wells Fargo analyst Sam Dubinsky told CNBC. Construction is "the most important market for steel" and is "showing signs of life" for the first time since the 2008 recession, he said. While the current low price of natural gas helps steel companies keep their costs down, the biggest problem they face is oversupply, Dubinsky said. "If you believe construction is coming back, we think the sector could be headed for cyclical expansion next year because supply headwinds will abate. Construction will sop up that incremental demand," he said.More

Copper Steadies Near $8,000 a Tonne After Plunge
Copper steadied near $8,000 a tonne Wednesday after the previous session's 4 percent plunge, but traders said the twin concerns of slowing U.S. and Chinese growth could soon prompt another bout of selling. Volume was again heavier than normal as another wave of selling swept through, dragging copper prices down to three-month lows before a strong rebound in U.S. and European equities provided some support and allowed metal consumers to step back in to buy near the lows, analysts said.More

The Great Reversal: Playing the US Manufacturing Boom
The Wall Street Journal
Investors who have favored emerging markets like China in recent years should pay attention to another growing manufacturing center. It boasts plenty of skilled workers; cheap and abundant energy; stable institutions; and a large middle class that likes to shop. It is the U.S., where a long industrial decline might be in reverse. More