ASA Insights
Jun. 6, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee to Advance Metal Theft Legislation
American Supply Association
With immigration reform moving to the Senate floor, this week the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a markup in committee of S. 394, the Metal Theft Prevention Act of 2013. ASA has been leading the efforts to educate Senate judiciary staff on the merits of this law by coordinating with other stakeholders that are equally impacted.More

Register for NetworkASA 2013 by July 1 and SAVE
American Supply Association
Where else will you find Bob Woodward, James Carville & Mary Matalin and Bill O'Reilly — all at the same industry event? YOUR industry event! With a hot lineup of speakers and abundant networking opportunities to meet with your industry partners and build new industry relationships, now is the time to register for NetworkASA 2013. If you register by July 1, you can take advantage of a discount before the price increases and to secure your spot at YOUR industry event. Visit the NetworkASA 2013 convention page for all program details, including online registration and housing reservations.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 May 2013 report is Wednesday, June 12. Visit ASA.net to learn more about the FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.More

Manufacturing Contracts in May
Modern Distribution Management
Manufacturing contracted in May for the first time since November 2012, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The Purchasing Managers Index from the Institute for Supply Management registered 49%, a decrease of 1.7 percentage points from April's reading of 50.7%, indicating contraction in manufacturing.More

Senators, Employer Groups Make Case to Supreme Court on NLRB Recess Appointments
Associated Builders and Contractors
All 45 U.S. Senate Republicans, the Associated Builders and Contractors-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed friend-of-the-court briefs asking for the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that President Barack Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional.More

Copper Futures Rise to Two-Week High on Freeport Mine Shutdown
Bloomberg
Copper futures climbed the most in more than three weeks as a shutdown at the world's second-biggest mine and an unexpected increase in a Chinese manufacturing gauge fueled supply concerns.More

Nonresidential Drives Construction Spending Increase in April
Modern Distribution Management
Construction spending in April 2013 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $860.8 billion, 0.4% above the revised March estimate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce. April was 4.3% above April 2012.More

Why US Manufacturing Can't Get Off the Mat
Bloomberg Businessweek
Matthew Philips writes, "In December, I wrote a piece pointing out that despite all the hype surrounding America's supposed Manufacturing Renaissance, the data painted a starker picture. Hardly a renaissance, U.S. manufacturing seemed to be closer to a recession back then. Six months later the story hasn't changed much, despite the continued sentiment that 'Made in the USA' is staging a big comeback. The anecdotes are nice, but the broader data just don't bear it out."More