ASA Insights
Jul. 18, 2013

House and Senate Look to Challenge the Constitution This Week
American Supply Association
The United States Constitution, the bedrock document that's guided our policymakers for more than 230 years, is once again at the center of two debates in Congress as the summer heats up. While Congress' popularity remains in the single digits, with many believing that the gridlock is leading to inaction, both houses are deeply entrenched this summer in a battle over how to govern our country.More

2013 ASA OPR and Executive Summary Now Available
American Supply Association
When you log in to your My ASA page, you will find your complimentary, electronic copy of the Executive Summary from the 2013 ASA Operating Performance Report now appears in the "Benchmarking" section. Among all 177 survey respondents, wholesale sales growth increased 6.4% in 2012, (3.4% for plumbing supply firms and 10.2% for PVF supply firms), after tax return on net worth increased from 8.0% in 2011 to 9.5% in 2012, and after tax return on assets increased from 4.5% in 2011 to 4.9% in 2012.More

ASA Safety Award Nomination Deadline Aug. 1
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

Learn Valuable Training Secrets from Industry Leaders
American Supply Association
We all know the importance of having a fully trained workforce in our industry. We also have the daily challenge of keeping costs down while increasing the bottom line. How can you possibly do all of this at the same time? Find out by participating in an ASA Trainers Networking Council FREE WEBINAR on Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. Central.More

The Senate's 'Nuclear Option' — Just Another Battle Between Labor and Business
American Supply Association
This week in the Senate, their duty to advise and consent has been tested. Many have argued that the president deserves the right to field the team that he so choses, but legally, their appointment's requires passage in the Senate. In order to achieve passage, a 60–vote threshold must be met, lowered from the true 67-vote two-third’s majority that was required before the 1970s. Failing to garner 60 votes, the minority party's rights remain preserved, through the use of the filibuster. While many view the filibuster as a lone senator speaking on Senate floor for hours on end, it's also the term given when 60 votes cannot be reached, preventing legislation or a nomination from advancing.More

Top Industry Issues and Trends Discussed at WANE Executive Leadership Conference
American Supply Association
The Wholesalers Association of the North East (WANE) held its annual Executive Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia on June 26-28. According to the association's president, Gary Bosley with Erb Co. based in Buffalo, N.Y., "This annual event offers participating members a compelling opportunity for learning and discussion with engaging and knowledgeable speakers as well as the localized networking and camaraderie that is so important for the people that represent the future of their businesses and the PHCP and industrial PVF industry." More

Beschloss: Gaining Momentum with the US Independent Distribution Network
Supply House Times
America's amazing outburst as the potential global energy leader already is becoming the surprising success story in an otherwise drab economic scenario. While the evolving hydraulic fracturing technology justifiably deserves much of the credit for this unexpected surge, what has been given little credit is the nation's distribution system, unmatched by any of the world's other major producers of natural resources or manufactured goods.More

Delta Faucet to Create 160 New Jobs
Supply House Times
Delta Faucet, a division of Masco Corp., announced its plan to expand the company's operations in Greensburg, Ind., and will create up to 160 jobs in the area. According to a report by, Delta Faucet will invest nearly $12 million in its Greensburg facility. Parts of the 380,000-square-foot operation will be reconfigured to manufacturer acrylic bathtubs and shower products. The renovation process is expected to be finished by the end of 2013. More

June Housing Starts Up 10.4% Over June 2012
Modern Distribution Management
U.S. housing starts in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000, 9.9% below May but 10.4% above June 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Single-family housing starts in June were at a rate of 591,000; this is 0.8% below the May. The June rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 236,000.More