ASA Insights
Oct. 17, 2013

New Look ASA Website Launched
American Supply Association
This past week ASA launched its "new look" website at www.asa.net, which incorporates the association's new branding and features ASA University's new online store, a variety of updated advocacy, forecasting, business intelligence and networking information and much more. Our long-term goal for the website is to make it the "go to" PHCP and PVF industry information portal. Over the next several weeks, ASA and ASA Education Foundation staff will continue to improve the features and information at www.asa.net, so please feel free to provide us with your thoughts and comments at info@asa.net.More

Divisional Awards of Excellence Presented at NetworkASA 2013
American Supply Association
Joe Poehling of First Supply LLC, Madison, Wis., and Pat Adams of MKS Pipe and Valve Co., Kansas City, Mo., were presented with ASA's 2013 IPD and Plumbing Division Awards of Excellence, respectively, at NetworkASA 2013 earlier this month.More

LAST CALL for Industry CFOs
American Supply Association
Are you familiar with the health care reform requirements that are slated to become effective on Jan. 1, 2014? Many of the details are unclear, and a road map is needed to better understand all of the regulations and implications that are entailed. Next week, on Monday, Oct. 21, in Chicago, ASA's CFO Networking Council will meet and hear from industry expert John Malachowski, Gallagher Benefit Services, who will discuss health care reform in detail and cover specifically how it will affect your business. View more information or contact Ruth Mitchell at 630-467-0000, ext. 210, for last-minute registration details.More

Industry Trainers to Meet in Chicago on Oct. 29
American Supply Association
Calling all industry trainers! On Tuesday, Oct. 29, ASA will conduct a meeting of its Trainers Networking Council at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As markets stabilize and even improve, the industry faces a very bright future — a future full of unfamiliar, and in many cases, untapped opportunity. What better time for this group to re-engage! Register today and connect, network and stay informed and ahead of industry trends.More

Answers to Your Questions About Compensation, Benefits
American Supply Association
Next spring, ASA and its independent regional affiliates will release a comprehensive employee and executive compensation report. This will be the first time since 2010 that this kind of data will be available for the PHCP and industrial PVF wholesale-distribution channel. Data collection will begin in early January, and ALL wholesaler members will receive a copy of the final report in exchange for completing the survey questionnaire — at no fee. Watch www.asa.net for more details in the coming weeks.More

Beschloss: US Returns to 2014 Economic Global Growth Leader
Supply House Times
For most of the past decade, the well-being of the global economy, especially in the wake of the Great Recession, has been expected due to the presence of the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and lately South Africa. But as we anticipate economic aspirations for 2014, the BRICS alternative is losing steam while the U.S. again could become the center of potential promise.More

Medical Devices: What's Taxed, What Isn't
The Wall Street Journal
Among the moving parts in talks over the government shutdown is a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices sold in the U.S. that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The tax, long opposed by the medical-device industry, was intended to raise money to help pay for new insurance coverage for millions of people under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Estimated to garner about $30 billion over the next 10 years, the medical-device law went into effect this past January.More

Delta Faucet Announces Full Lead-Free Compliance
Plumbing Engineer
Products offered under the Delta Faucet Company brand portfolio are now 100% compliant with upcoming low lead legislation requirements, according to guidelines set forth by the federal "Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act" (S. 3874). The new law mandates the weighted average lead content in pipes, fittings and fixtures used to convey drinking water cannot exceed 0.25% on wetted surfaces. As of June 1, only low lead compliant Delta, Brizo and Peerless products have been shipped to customers.More

Hollow-Tube Steel: An Effective Weapon in the War Against Corrosion
By Sasha Viasasha
Perhaps the most villainous enemies of commercial building projects are the two most basic elements of our environment: air and water. Moisture in the air is enough to begin the process of corrosion because, as the Tao Te Ching recorded more than 2,000 years ago, "Water wears away stone." In response, urban planners have deployed a material that has shown some promising results as an inhibitor to oxidation. Sites around the world, from France to Japan, have successfully used hollow-tube steel in construction projects, and some have lasted for decades in extremely corrosive environments.More

The US May Have More Manufacturing Jobs Than We Think
The Washington Post
The United States lost 6 million manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009. At least, that's the official count from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But could the official count be missing something?More

Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Regulatory Pressures
Material Handling & Logistics
Despite rising concerns about legislative and regulatory pressures, optimism among U.S. industrial manufacturers regarding the global economic outlook reached the highest level since the first quarter of 2012, according to the Q3 2013 Manufacturing Barometer,just released by PwC US. In the third quarter of 2013, 40% of respondents expressed optimism regarding the world economy for the next 12 months, up from 31 percent in the prior quarter and 29% from the third quarter of 2012.More