ASA Insights
May. 31, 2012

'60 Minutes' Interviews NetworkASA Speaker Dakota Meyer
American Supply Association

This past Sunday, featured NetworkASA 2012 speaker Dakota Meyer was interviewed on "60 Minutes." Meyer is a United States Marine Corps veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal, part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kunar province, Afghanistan. He is only the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War and was the first living United States Marine in 38 years to be so honored.More

ASA's Regions Continue Busy Spring Conference Season
American Supply Association
In June, ASA's independent regional affiliates will continue their busy schedule of annual conventions and conferences. These programs are all outstanding educational and networking opportunities for local wholesalers, manufacturers, service vendors and independent manufacturer reps. Here is a look at the upcoming schedule:

Please feel free to visit the online ASA Industry Calendar for more information or click the links above for specific meeting details.More

Proposals for Green Building Standards Called into Question
American Supply Association
You may have viewed signs prominently displayed in a growing number of new buildings LEED Gold or LEED Silver. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED is a building certification that "provides independent, third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality."More

Two-Year Old Gulf Deep Sea Drilling Disaster Looms Larger Than Ever
The Desert Sun
The BP oil spill drilling rig explosion April 20, 2010, threatens future deep sea exploration expansion as the U.S. Justice Department reveals cover-up attempts to minimize oil leakage occurring after the disaster took place.More

Consumer Confidence in US Falls to Four-Month Low
Bloomberg via San Francisco Chronicle
Confidence among U.S. consumers unexpectedly fell in May to the lowest level in four months as optimism about employment prospects faded. The Conference Board's index decreased to 64.9 this month from a revised 68.7 in April, figures from the New York-based private research group showed. Home prices in 20 cities dropped in the 12 months ended in March at the slowest pace in more than a year, according to another report.More

Job, Economy Fears Mix with Hope for Class of '12
Manufacturing.net
It's a time when hope collides with economic reality, when the relief of that last class and the thrill of holding that diploma give way to the next big step: finding a job. For the Class of 2012, the optimism of graduation is clouded by the uncertain aftermath of the worst economic slide since the Depression. Last year, graduates 24 and younger posted a 9.3% jobless rate; since then, there have been signs of progress.More

US Home Prices Rise but Consumer Confidence Cools
Reuters
U.S. home prices edged higher for the second month in a row in March as the housing recovery picked up traction, while gains in some of the hardest hit areas suggested the improvement was becoming more broad-based. But consumer confidence cooled in May to its lowest level in four months, separate data showed on Tuesday, as Americans turned gloomy about the job market and the economic outlook.More

Comex Copper Ticks Higher On China Hopes
The Wall Street Journal
Copper futures prices gained Tuesday, propped up as some investors saw a bargain in the metal's four-month lows hit last week, while others took a rosy view of conflicting reports that top consumer China may take steps to prop up growth.More