ASA Insights
Aug. 29, 2013

Strong July for ASA Plumbing Distributors
American Supply Association
American Supply Association plumbing distributors reported a very strong 10.2% growth rate in July per day revenues on top of the 4.1% growth rate reported in 2012; reflecting the overall strength of the housing market. Conversely, the industrial PVF sector reported negative results of 1.4% after last year's showing of a positive 8.6%.More

LAST CHANCE TO SAVE on NetworkASA 2013 Registration
American Supply Association
In less than five weeks, NetworkASA 2013 will take place in our nation's capital. After Sept. 1, registration rates increase for all attendees, so NOW is the time to register if you have not done so. Current registrations show that the number of attending distributor companies has significantly surpassed each previous year for five years running. While this year's educational programs and scheduled congressional visits to Capitol Hill are obvious "can't miss" opportunities, it is more evident than ever before that the industry networking at this year's event will be second to none. Don't miss out! Contact ASA staff today for up-to-the-minute event information at 630-467-0000.More

FINAL REMINDER: ASA Safety Award Nomination Deadline Sept. 3
American Supply Association
This is a final reminder that the nomination deadline for ASA's 2012 Member Safety Recognition Awards, to be presented during NetworkASA 2013 in Washington, D.C., is this Tuesday, Sept. 3. 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. Download an award application or contact Dan Hilton, Director of Government Affairs, for last-minute nomination details at 703-328-5234. More

'Harvesting Connections' Event to Take Place Sept. 11-13
Western Suppliers Association

Please join WSA in the beautiful Napa Valley for our 55th Annual Meeting. Our meeting is being held at the Meritage Resort & Spa on Sept. 11-13. Please visit our website and click Calendar for our registration and sponsorship form. We look forward to another successful meeting!More

Beschloss: US Energy Information Agency's Long-Term Outlook Projects Remarkable Growth
The Desert Sun
While the recent elevation in the cost of both U.S. domestically based "West Texas Intermediate" and internationally produced Brent Crude have been attributed to Mideast geopolitical disturbances, the recent revelations by the highly respected U.S. Energy Information Administration take a broader, long-term view. Putting relevant statistics behind trends that are becoming increasingly obvious, the U.S. international energy outlook unveils the following projections.More

Arkansas Lawsuits Test Fracking Wastewater Link to Quake
Tony Davis, a 54-year-old construction worker in central Arkansas, said he welcomed the boom in natural gas drilling that brought jobs and new businesses to his hometown starting about a decade ago. But that was before the earth shook.More

Durable Goods New Orders Down 7.3% in July
Modern Distribution Management
New orders for manufactured durable goods in July decreased 7.3% to $226.6 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's advance report. This decrease, down following three consecutive monthly increases, followed a 3.9% June increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.6%. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 6.7%. Transportation equipment, also down following three consecutive monthly increases, led the decrease, down 19.4% to $69.7 billion. This was led by nondefense aircraft and parts, which decreased $14.5 billion.More

Copper Drops After US Durable Goods Fall More Than Forecast
Copper fell the most this month on concern that a bigger-than-expected drop in U.S. durable-goods orders signals slower demand growth in the country, the world's second-biggest user of the metal.More

Hey Manufacturers: What if Manufacturing Came Back to America?
Forbes contributor and manufacturing entrepreneur Mitch Free writes, "What would you do if all the manufacturing work lost to low-cost countries came back overnight? Would you approach those returning business relationships the same ways you did before the work was pulled? Would you ramp up technology and personnel to match conditions exactly as they were? And more importantly, would you engage and service any legacy customer identically as you did before? If not, what would — or could — you do differently?"More

Construction Industry Sheds Jobs Despite Housing Recovery
Los Angeles Times
California shed thousands of construction jobs last month, another sign that the resurgent housing market has so far failed to translate into widespread building. The construction industry lost 7,300 jobs in July, the largest decline of any industry, the state's Employment Development Department said. The housing market has rebounded sharply this year as tight inventory, low mortgage rates and an improving economy have sent prices sharply higher.More

What Kansas Has Learned Through a Lack of Corrosion Planning
By Hannah Whiteoak
The city of Leawood, Kan., is facing a costly repair bill to fix the network of metal storm sewer pipes that are rusting, cracking and collapsing beneath the city. The state of the pipes is currently so poor that city officials say they will need to spend up to $35 million replacing or repairing the pipes. The extent of the problem has been verified by placing a tiny camera into the pipes to get images of the rusted bottoms and collapsed sides. Some pipes have holes where the rust has eaten all the way through the metal, which means that water leaks out into the surrounding earth.More