ASA Insights
Sept. 29, 2011

Walworth Supports ASA IPD Open House
American Supply Association
The ASA Industrial Piping Division Open House, held annually at NetworkASA, continues to grow in membership and support. Joining as a sponsor for this year's event, held Sept. 15 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, is Walworth Valves. Walworth is a leading company in industrial valve manufacture for fluid control with facilities in Mexico, the USA and China. Walworth has all parts of the world within its reach, meeting the supply and demand of global customers. Walworth was founded in 1842 as a company at which the employees have a vast amount of experiences and dedication. Their personnel have kept them on the leading edge of design and innovation since that time. ASA thanks Walworth for their support — not only as an IPD Open House Sponsor, but for contributing to something that touches all of our lives. After all, the first two-way telephonic conversation took place thanks to Walworth's collaboration. Alexander Graham Bell requested permission of Walworth to use the telegraph thread and try to establish a conversation. The experiment was a success. See what else they can do. To learn more about Walworth, please click here.More

NEW Counter Sales Training Now Available
American Supply Association

The newest training course from the ASA Education Foundation is now available. Essentials of Profitable Counter Sales for Wholesaler-Distributors© is the fifth course in the popular series of comprehensive training programs written exclusively for the wholesale distribution channel. Key for any counter sales personnel, new or veteran, this course focuses in on all areas of the job that are necessary for improved sales, top-notch customer service, increased profitability and much more. The course is available in both printed and online formats.More

Employer Community Continues Fight Against Department of Labor
American Supply Association
This week, ASA, along with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and hundreds of employer groups, filed comments asking that the Department of Labor withdraw its seriously flawed proposed rule that would diminish employer access to legal counsel and employees' ability to hear important information from their employers. The rule in question would eliminate decades-old exemptions to disclosure requirements for advice and legal counsel. This would force employers and their attorneys to disclose sensitive financial details, even if an employer's attorney or hired consultants do not directly interact with employees. The rule is so broad in scope that simply attendance at certain seminars would trigger the onerous reporting requirement.More

Hearing Conservation Program Webinar Replay Available Online
American Supply Association
Each year, approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. On Aug. 30, ASA conducted a webinar titled Thirty Years of OSHA's Hearing Conservation Amendment: How Are We Doing? The program was part of a quarterly series of webinars conducted by the ASA Safety Committee, and can be replayed by clicking here. The one-hour webinar features a presentation by Dr. Timothy Rink, CEO of HTI Inc., a comprehensive provider of mobile, on-site audiometric testing, reporting and record-keeping services to businesses and governmental agencies throughout the U.S.More

Consumer Confidence Remains Unchanged
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
Consumers' confidence in the U.S. economy remained weak in September after dropping to a post-recession low during the month before as Americans continue to worry about high unemployment and low wages.More

NY Copper Steadies As Selloff Stalls
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business
Copper futures steadied Sept. 29 after the previous day's drop to 13-month lows, as better-than-expected readings on the U.S. economy and guarded optimism about Europe's debt crisis paused the metal's recent selloff. The most actively traded copper contract, for December delivery, recently traded 2.05 cents, or 0.6 percent, higher, to $3.262 a pound on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.More

Could 'Manufacturing's Secret Shift' Bring Jobs Back to America?
Between 2008 and 2010, BMW AG spent $1 billion to beef up its U.S. infrastructure, which included a 1.2 million-square-foot expansion of its Spartanburg, S.C., manufacturing facility. During that time, BMW also expanded its U.S. headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and built two new regional distribution centers in the United States, showing its "deep commitment to the U.S. and its people," in the words of Chairman Norbert Reithofer. "The U.S. will remain the world's largest premium market for the foreseeable future, and we intend to participate in the expected growth with the expansion of our activities here," Reithofer said in October 2010.More