ASA Insights
Jun. 27, 2013

LAST CHANCE to SAVE on NetworkASA 2013 Early Registration
American Supply Association
NOW is the time to register for NetworkASA 2013 to save on the early-bird registration discount before the July 1 price increase. Distributors are coming out in full force to NetworkASA 2013 to take advantage of networking and educational opportunities, to hear from top industry thought leaders, support the industry and plan for their future. Don't wait to reserve your spot at the event, to be held Oct. 2-4 in Washington, D.C. This year, featured speakers include Bob Woodward, James Carville & Mary Matalin and Bill O'Reilly. This is YOUR INDUSTRY EVENT! Visit the NetworkASA 2013 convention page for all program details, including online registration and housing reservations.More

Preview 2014 Industry Forecast on Aug. 14
American Supply Association
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. Eastern, an ASA members-only industry forecast webinar will be presented by Alan Beaulieu, author of ASA's monthly ASA Advisor forecasting newsletter and presenter of the annual Industry Forecast presentation at NetworkASA. The webinar is the second in a series of members-only webinars that ASA is offering in 2013. Join us Aug. 14 to see what is in store for the remainder of the year and for a preview of Alan's 2014 Industry Forecast, which he'll provide at NetworkASA 2013. 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 More

NetworkASA 2013 Presenter Lawrence Featured in Industrial Distribution
American Supply Association
Industrial Distribution recently interviewed Texas A&M's Barry Lawrence, Program Director and Professor of the University's Industrial Distribution Program. In the article, Lawrence outlines why he feels higher education is important in the lives of working professionals, and how the landscape of the industry is forcing this issue. Lawrence will present Sales and Marketing Optimization: Developing Competitive Value Propositions in Distribution at NetworkASA 2013. More

Workplace Violence: An Employer's Rights & Responsibilities
American Supply Association
Do you have questions regarding your rights and responsibilities if a violent workplace incident occurs? What about if a fight breaks out between two co-workers? What does the law, specifically OSHA, require of you as an employer? Are you allowed, required or precluded from sharing this information with others? Join former OSHA attorney Michael Taylor on Wednesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. EDT for a FREE webinar, presented by the ASA Safety Committee, on what you need to know in the event violence occurs in the workplace. More

Recognize Safety Excellence at Your Company
American Supply Association
Nominations for ASA's 2012 Member Safety Recognition Awards, to be presented during NetworkASA 2013 in Washington, D.C., are being accepted through Thursday, Aug 1. Six awards will be presented — three in the distributor category and three in the manufacturer category — and all are based on number of safe hours worked in 2012. The award program was created by the ASA Safety Committee to elevate awareness in all aspects of the PHCP and PVF industry and to recognize ASA members who had the lowest incident rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses throughout the previous year. Download an award application and contact Dan Hilton, Director of Government Affairs, for more details.More

Watts Water Technologies Cuts Ribbon on New Hampshire Foundry
New Hampshire Union Leader
Last week, Watts Water Technologies "cut the ribbon" on a multimillion-dollar, 30,000-square-foot foundry, an expansion to the Franklin, N.H., facility of one of its operating subsidiaries, which produces products for many of its brands. New Hampshire state and local dignitaries, including Gov. Maggie Hassan and Franklin Mayor Kenneth Merrifield, joined officials from Watts Water Technologies Inc. to celebrate the occasion.More

Four Trends in Distribution Halfway Through 2013
Modern Distribution Management
We're halfway through 2013, and while we've tried to move past the uncertainty that plagued 2012, there's still hesitancy in the marketplace, according to many of the distributors we spoke to for the 2013 Distribution Trends Report. For the annual report, Modern Distribution Management spoke with dozens of distributors across sectors and surveyed our readers.More

ADP: Manufacturing Employment Down Again in May
Automated Data Processing said that nonfarm payroll growth rose by 135,000 in May, lower than the consensus estimate of 165,000. The pace of hiring has slowed somewhat from earlier in the year. The average employment gain between November and February was 215,000, but that has fallen to just 134,000 in the past three months. This data is consistent with other indicators that have shown increased skittishness on the part of businesses to hire of late.More

Economic Outlook for US Construction Industry Improving — Slowly
San Antonio Business Journal
The construction industry is slowly rebounding from the Great Recession. The emphasis is on the word "slowly," according to economists who spoke on the state of the industry during a recent online news conference.More

Cost Convergence with China: An Energizer for US Manufacturing?
The Brookings Institution
Is a shrinking cost gap between China and the United States for advanced manufacturing really changing the calculus of location decisions and making possible a "manufacturing renaissance" in the United States? Optimists like Hal Sirkin of the Boston Consulting Group have been predicting a convergence of labor and other costs — and a resulting U.S. manufacturing revival — for several years, while skeptics like Jan Hatzius of Goldman Sachs still don't see it.More