ASA Insights
July 8, 2010

2010 ASA OPR, Executive Summary now available
American Supply Association
For 28 years, the ASA Operating Performance Report has served as a basis for benchmarking individual performance with selected industry segments and determining where profit leaks occur. The OPR is an invaluable resource for wholesale-distributors and vendors alike, providing the industry's most comprehensive compilation of financial data about PHCP and PVF wholesale-distributors.More

McCain introduces bill to repeal Jones Act
DC Velocity
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation to repeal the Jones Act, a 1920 law requiring that all goods shipped between U.S. ports be carried by U.S.-built ships and that the vessels be owned and operated by Americans. In the bill introduced, McCain called the Jones Act "antiquated and protectionist" and said it favors labor unions over U.S. consumers. He cited several studies that showed that a repeal of the Jones Act could provide a boost to the U.S. economy of between $650 million and $1 billion by introducing lower-cost foreign competition and labor into what are now U.S. monopoly trades.More

Don McNeeley returns at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE
American Supply Association
ASA is pleased to welcome back a NetworkASA favorite, Don McNeeley, president and COO of Chicago Tube and Iron Corporation. McNeeley's program, "Evolution of Success: An Economic Journey," will take attendees on an evolutionary journey through the increasingly commoditized world of wholesale distribution, identifying distinct strategies for today's leaders to successfully navigate the nuances of this changing market. He will speak on the value of manufacturing and its vital role in the economy. Time permitting, he also will discuss the role of private equity and its implication on the economy and our industry.More

Proposed changes to Shipping Act would boost protection for shippers, proponent claims
JOC Sailings via SupplyChainBrain
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. has suggested changes in the Shipping Act to allow the agency to resolve disputes between ocean carriers and shippers. Lidinsky and Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye met with the House Transportation Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation for a progress report on Dye's fact-finding mission into equipment and vessel capacity shortages that have impaired U.S. exports.More

US rail manufacturing supply chain poised for growth with passage of transportation bill
@Risk
The U.S. rail manufacturing industry, which includes 247 manufacturing facilities across 35 states, could see considerable growth in the coming years, as Amtrak upgrades its rail cars and adds high-speed trains, and as federal legislators consider a transportation bill that includes significantly greater investments in public transit, according to a new study from the Apollo Alliance.More

Elkay Manufacturing commits to Silver Level ASA Supplier Partnership
American Supply Association
Elkay, one of the United States' premiere manufacturers of faucets, water coolers and fountains, hails the motto of "Our word is our bond." By becoming an ASA Supplier Partner, it is cementing the longstanding relationship Elkay has with ASA and lending its company voice to the success of the association.More

How US can launch a manufacturing renaissance
USA Today
The latest jobs data showed weak private-sector growth — only 41,000 in May, far below expectations and a plunge from March and April. Manufacturers added an encouraging 29,000 of those. But without a national strategy, many lost manufacturing jobs are gone for good. To rejuvenate the economic base, allow industry to compete successfully again and re-grow jobs, the U.S. should launch an "advanced manufacturing plan."More

Making the case for safety
American Supply Association
According to published studies, it is estimated that employers pay nearly $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs for the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses. Those employers that implement effective safety and health management systems may expect to significantly reduce injuries and illnesses as well as their associated costs. The ASA Safety Committee has worked throughout the past year to provide a comprehensive safety awareness and education program along with safety tools geared specifically to wholesale distributors and manufacturers.More

CEOs outline plan for regaining manufacturing edge
Plastics News
The manufacturing competitiveness of the United States, Germany and Japan — the three manufacturing superpowers of the 20th century — all are expected to decline during the next five years. But those countries still will be a force to be reckoned with. "They are all showing some signs of slippage in competitiveness over the next five years," said Craig Giffi, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP, on June 23 at the National Press Club in Washington. "But even with the rise of China, India and [South] Korea, the United States, Germany and Japan are still very formidable and very competitive."More