ASA Insights
Aug. 14, 2014

Colorado Anti-Shale Energy Forces Stand Down (For Now)
Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance
We are pleased to report that on Monday the opponents of oil and gas development in Colorado agreed to take down their fall election ballot initiatives that would have amended the Colorado constitution to severely restrict or prevent oil and gas operations in Colorado. Your support of EEIA's work in Colorado was an essential component of this equation and helped produced the outcome. Thanks to you, the immediate fight subsides, and at least for now Colorado energy production and its supply chain members' markets will continue to develop in a strong positive direction.More

ASAU's Blog Proves Key for Best Practices in Training
American Supply Association
ASAU Blog contains accounts from ASA members about best practices in training. Everyone has their own approach, but for those looking for ideas on training the blog can help. The blog is for members only, and all members are able to post and comment. The latest blog post is from Aaron & Company about their new employee training program, which has been a huge success. The courses offered through Aaron University to all employees are from ASA University. Training Administrator Arthur Franklin explains, "Management at Aaron & Co. feels strongly that an educated employee is a more valuable employee. All employees are eligible to participate, from warehouse workers, to drivers, to employees with sales related responsibilities."More

MwDA Fall Classic Featuring Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey
American Supply Association
The 10th Annual MwDA Fall Classic Golf Tournament will be held at the picturesque Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Sponsored by A.O. Smith, the event will be held Monday, Sept. 22, and will feature one of the PGA Tour's finest, Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey. Gainey will be showcasing his short game during the putting challenge; see if you can beat him! It will be followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m., which will kick off a day of golf followed by an evening reception and awards dinner. Room for foursomes and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
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ICP Reaches New Milestone as NAED Becomes Sixth Alliance Partner Association
Industrial Careers Pathway
The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) recently joined the Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) as ICP’s sixth Alliance Partner, marking the second trade association to join the ICP initiative in the past two months. Alliance Partner associations, such as ASA and NAED are committed to working with ICP to fulfill its mission to meet the need for a skilled industrial distribution workforce for today and tomorrow. In conjunction with ICP, ASA is currently working on an initiative to cultivate job growth within the PHCP and Industrial PVF industry. Visit ASA's Careers page for more information.More

NetworkASA Deadline is Rapidly Approaching
American Supply Association
With over 100 distributor members already registered, this year's NetworkASA is shaping up to be one of the strongest ever ASA events. NetworkASA 2014 is packed with big names, educational speakers, and all of your industry friends. Do not miss out on another extraordinary NetworkASA, this year in Las Vegas, Sept. 9-11. ASA's discounted block of rooms has sold out, but the standard rate at the Bellagio is still less than surrounding hotels. Please reserve your accommodations today. The event's online registration will be closing at the end of this week; traditional paper registrations will still be accepted up until the event. REGISTER NOWMore

Enroll in PHCP-PVF College Through ASAU
American Supply Association
ASA University has five curricula colleges that have all been designed with the help of industry experts: College of Sales/Sales Management, College of Purchasing /Inventory Management, College of Warehouse Management, College of Leadership/Executive Management, and the College of Business Management. The colleges show a clear training path for industry employees that include job descriptions, detailed behavior expectations, training opportunities directly mapped to these expected behaviors, and access to content and resources. ASA University contains all of our great training tools and education, but it is the colleges that help drive this content to the industry.More

Beschloss: Does Increased US Oil Production Hold Hope for Lower 'Pump Prices'?
The Desert Sun
One of the most-asked questions and also least clarified, is "why have oil prices quadrupled over the last decade, with U.S. demand lower and production on the upswing." Since 2007, U.S. oil demand has declined by 2 million barrels per day, while "fracking-induced" production has risen by 3 million barrels per day, simultaneously. This has reduced the difference between U.S. consumption and U.S. production — which was 13.6 million BPD in 2007, to under 9 million BPD by the end of 2013. This still leaves a major import gap, which must be consummated by overseas purchases.More

Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise in June
Industrial Distribution
June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $405.73 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 12.6% from May but down 2.1% when compared with the total of $414.26 million reported for June 2013. With a year-to-date total of $2.35 billion, 2014 is down 2.7% compared with 2013. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.More

Not Quite Healthy, but All is Not Lost For the Housing Industry
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The late 2000s signified dark times for the housing market. But in the last two years, the industry has been on a definite mend, with 2014 being touted as the year that will see reversal of fortune for many. Leading experts from the industry have been quite hopeful about rising figures and the recovery of the market. But a recent survey paints a different picture of consumer confidence. According to the survey, most Americans don't feel that the housing and mortgage crisis is really over.More