ASA Insights
Oct. 6, 2011

IPD Open House Enjoys Continued Support
American Supply Association
ASA's Industrial Piping Division continues to grow at an amazing pace. This year, during NetworkASA 2011, the IPD Open House featured several new sponsors, along with generous support from cornerstone members like The Phoenix Forge Group. Did you know that The Phoenix Forge Group, a leader in forged steel fittings and unions that dates back to 1882, started out by making horseshoes? In the early part of the 1900s, they employed more than 600 men working around the clock to produce horseshoes for the Russian and British armies. In 1939, they joined the war effort by forging steel for the government. By 1953, they housed more than 21 board hammers, a complete die room and a production machine shop. From there, Phoenix Forge continued to grow its member companies and is dedicated to providing the same top quality and customer service as they have since their start. ASA thanks The Phoenix Forge Group for their continued support. Click here to learn more.More

ASA Materials Market Digest Reintroduced for October 2011
American Supply Association
ASA is pleased to announce that it has reintroduced the popular ASA Materials Market Digest to its membership for October 2011. The ASA Materials Market Digest provides timely information about important trends in a variety of different materials sectors, including: carbon steel and stainless, alloy steel and principal alloying metals, nonferrous metals and alloys, ferrous and nonferrous scrap, crude oil and natural gas, resins and paperboard. The report also has a new author, Jim Olsztynski, former editor with Supply House Times. Please click here for more information.More

BREAKING NEWS: Business Community Lauds NLRB's Decision to Delay Posting Rule
American Supply Association
The National Labor Relations Board recently had issued a final rule requiring all businesses covered by the National Labor Relations Act to post a Notice of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act in their workplace, with a posting deadline of Nov. 14. A number of complaints have been filed in court, including one by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which ASA is a party to. The organizations challenging the new rule filed motions with the court asking that the judge issue a preliminary injunction preventing the board from implementing the posting requirement while the cases are pending. At a conference in court Monday, the judge suggested to the board that they extend the posting deadline so that she would not need to rule on the preliminary injunction motions, and the parties could move directly to motions for summary judgment. In a conference call with the judge and attorneys Wednesday, the NLRB announced that they have postponed the deadline for the notice posting to Jan. 31, 2012.More

2012 Univ. of Industrial Distribution Registration Opens Oct. 10
American Supply Association
The 2012 University of Industrial Distribution, held March 5-8 in Indianapolis, is a four-day institute that offers superb concentrated learning and excellent peer-to-peer networking. With distribution-specific seminars covering sales, finance, management, leadership, personnel productivity, and more presented by recognized experts in the field of wholesale distribution, the UID has become this industry's most popular training resource. The program provides an excellent opportunity to align the development plans for your management and management candidates with excellent learning opportunities. Registration opens Monday, Oct. 10. There is limited enrollment and space fills quickly, so register early!More

Business Community Urges Supercommittee to 'Go Big'
American Supply Association
Last week, ASA and more than 150 business groups wrote to the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction imploring them to go beyond their original mandate to reduce our nation's deficit, to stabilize the debt followed by debt reduction. Even if the supercommittee achieves its legislative mandate in identifying another $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion by the end of the 10-year deal, federal debt will be larger than it is today. Both the government and debt will continue to grow faster than the economy.More

Your Final Opportunity to Enroll in Top Gun Selling System Seminar
American Supply Association
Time is running out. Dave Kahle's popular Top Gun Selling System seminars begin this month in Chicago. Enroll today and join the growing community of sales people and companies who choose to excel! In one day, you or your sales force can learn a specific body of disciplines, strategies, processes and practices, which will take your performance to levels you never have imagined before. Attend one of four live one-day locations, or via a series of webinars. If you are pressed for time and money, consider the Top Gun Lite option.More

ISM Manufacturing Index Rises, Defying Forecasts
Bloomberg
Manufacturing in the U.S. unexpectedly accelerated in September as production picked up, easing concern the world's largest economy is stalling. The Institute for Supply Management's factory index climbed to 51.6 last month from 50.6 in August, the Tempe, Ariz.-based group's data showed. A level of 50 is the dividing line between growth and contraction. Economists forecast the measure to fall to 50.5, according to the median projection in a Bloomberg News survey. More

Alaska Voters to Weigh In On Copper, Gold Mine
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The battle over a copper and gold mine near one of the world's premier salmon fisheries is headed to the ballot in a vote next week that has turned a normally sleepy local election into a national environmental debate. Voters in southwest Alaska's Lake and Peninsula Borough are deciding whether to ban large-scale resource extraction activity, including mining, that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat. The measure is aimed squarely at Pebble Mine, the massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of Bristol Bay.More

Home Prices and New Home Construction Update
CBS MoneyWatch.com
Things are looking up in Detroit: The Tigers just clinched the American League Title, the Lions are starting their NFL season with a 3-0 record and home prices are climbing. The city that has homes for less than $3,000 saw a 3.8 percent jump in prices from June to July. That means an increase of just over 1 percent from last year. While that might not be a huge number, it's something. And it's better than what happened in some other metropolitan areas over the past year.More