ASA Insights
July 7, 2011

NetworkASA 2011 Hotel Rooms Going Fast — Book Now!
American Supply Association
NetworkASA 2011: ALL IN – Cashing in on the Recovery, to be held Sept. 13-16 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, is now just 10 weeks away. Conference registrations are rapidly exceeding last year's pace, and the ASA room block is selling out quickly! The last day that reservations will be accepted at the ASA discounted group rate, based on availability, will be Wednesday, Aug. 10. To secure your room for the event, click here or call the Bellagio reservation line at 888-987-6667. Be sure to reference American Supply Association to receive the discounted rate. Complete program details, a schedule of events and online event registration can be accessed by clicking here. Also, please feel free to contact ASA headquarters at 312-464-0090 for more information.More

ASA Legislative Fly-In Featured in Supply House Times
American Supply Association
On May 3-4 of this year, more than 30 ASA members came together for the association's annual Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C. ASA's member-advocates met personally with members of Congress who sit on influential committees such as Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce. ASA's Government and Public Affairs Committee also used this opportunity to meet face to face to discuss our association's legislative priorities along with strategies for building upon the ASA PAC, our association's Political Action Committee. The event was recently featured as a pictorial in ASA News in the June issue of Supply House Times, and can be accessed by clicking here. Contact Dan Hilton, ASA Director of Government Affairs at 703-328-5234 for more information on getting involved with ASA's Government Affairs program.More

Copper Ends Up; Extends Rally Into Sixth Day
Reuters
Copper closed up for a sixth straight day July 5, charging to its loftiest in more than two months, as supply threats in Chile and upbeat U.S. data added fuel to the rally. The near 1 percent gain in the copper price bucked the typical bearish impact of a stronger dollar, macro-economic jitters surrounding Europe's debt crisis and potential monetary tightening in top-buyer China. Perceptions of a tighter supply base and resurgent global demand in the second half of the year continued to steer sentiment.More

How to Train US Workers Back Into Manufacturing Jobs
CNNMoney
When machine shops were in almost every American high school, students could learn the mechanical basics that could prepare them for an entry-level manufacturing job. Applicants today, manufacturers complain, often do not have such elementary shop skills, let alone the computer skills and other knowledge required for more complicated and sophisticated manufacturing processes. And, some acknowledge, manufacturing needs to overcome its down-market image as menial and monotonous work.More

Manufacturing Activity Grew Faster in June
The Associated Press via MSN Money
U.S. manufacturing activity recovered somewhat in June from a sharp slowdown in May, a private trade group said. There were more new orders for goods and employment picked up last month. But the index remains markedly lower than it was earlier this year, suggesting that the recovery is weak. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, said that its index of manufacturing activity rose to 55.3 in June from 53.5 in May, the slowest growth in 20 months. A reading above 50 indicates that the manufacturing sector is expanding. The June increase surprised economists who had been expecting, on average, a further decline to 52, according to a survey by FactSet.More