ASA Insights
Apr. 25, 2013

Local Value Continues to Build Our Industry
American Supply Association
This past week, staff members from ASA and the ASA Education Foundation hit the road to visit approximately 80 ASA members and member prospects throughout the Northeast. MwDA and WANE will be hosting their Executive Leadership Conferences in Chicago and Philadelphia respectively in June. ASA's remaining regions will be represented by events throughout the remainder of the spring. What does all of this mean? Local value is building a stronger industry! Make plans to attend one or more valuable regional events, and visit ASA's Industry Calendar for more details on upcoming happenings near you!More

Join ASA in Support of One of Our Members' Families
American Supply Association
ASA would like to reach out to the industry in support of a member employee's family who was directly affected by last week's tragic events in Boston. F.W. Webb employee Kevin Corcoran's wife and daughter suffered serious injuries as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Celeste & Sydney Recovery Fund has been set up for anyone wishing to donate funds to assist them with expenses and for further updates. More

Webinar: How to Use Your Strengths to Fight the Threat of Amazon Supply
Supply House Times
A new 8,000-pound gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Amazon Supply is a separate unit — not an extension of the consumer side. It uses its own, business-oriented website and offers many of the same services that supply houses offer. It now sells valves, pipe fittings, pumps, flow meters, hoses, seals, and hand and power tools. Nothing stops Amazon Supply from stocking and selling faucets, sinks, HVAC parts and supplies, and much more. Yet, traditional supply houses can use their strengths to compete. Supply House Times will be conducting a FREE webinar on Tuesday, May 7, at 2 p.m. EDT titled How to Use Your Strengths to Fight the Threat of Amazon Supply.More

Manufacturing Continued to Drive Growth in 2012
The Wall Street Journal
Manufacturing posted by far the biggest gains of any industry in the U.S. economy last year, largely because consumers and businesses spent on long-lasting goods such as cars and machinery. The only sectors that contracted last year were the government and the agriculture industry, which struggled with a major drought, the Commerce Department said.More

Why the 2000s were a Lost Decade for American Manufacturing
America lost 5.7 million, or 33 percent, of its manufacturing jobs in the 2000s. While U.S. manufacturing has clawed back, regaining about half a million of those lost manufacturing jobs since 2010, there's little doubt that the 2000s constituted the worst decade for manufacturing employment in the Republic's history. Moreover, the recovery of manufacturing jobs is actually worse than in most prior recoveries.More