ASA Insights
Oct. 27, 2011

ASA University Unveils New Commercial Training Program
American Supply Association
The first 3D Commercial Schematic© training package, the Central Chiller Plant, is now available in ASAU Online. The 3D Commercial Schematic© housed within "ASA Hospital" is designed to be a continuous work in progress. The Central Chiller Plant within a hospital is the first area to be developed for training and offers six lessons that allow users to see how a typical chiller plant operates. In coming months, more systems will be added that will showcase, teach and train employees in wholesale distribution about the various pipe, valves, fittings and components contained within a commercial application.More

Momentum Builds in Northeast Regional
American Supply Association
ASA's regional affiliate, the Wholesalers Association of the Northeast, is building momentum with two all-industry hospitality receptions this fall. Just last week, 40 people representing nearly 20 different companies met at Wollaston Golf Club outside of Boston. Perhaps the most exciting outcome of the first event was the number of younger people who attended — the very people who represent the emerging leadership for those businesses as well as for the industry. The next reception is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Overbrook Golf Club outside of Philadelphia in Villanova. All wholesalers, manufacturers and independent manufacturer representatives from the throughout the Northeast, especially the Mid-Atlantic, are invited to attend. The reception will be from 5-7 p.m., and hors d'oeuvres and drinks are complimentary; RSVP is requested. Please contact Chris Murin for more information.More

Mid-November Chicago Meetings Approaching
American Supply Association
As indicated in last week's ASA Insights, the 2011 Midwest Distributors Association Annual Meeting & Dinner will be held Monday, Nov. 14, at Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse in downtown Chicago. On the program for the event is Paul Kasriel, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist for Northern Trust. Kasriel will share his perspective on how businesses and industries, particularly those involved in manufacturing and construction, might look into the future and navigate barriers to access capital and get it moving through the economy once again. Please click here for further event details and registration information. The following day, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, ASA will be conducting a meeting of its CFO Networking Council at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Chicago. CFOs are invited to join their peers in specific discussions involving the annual budgeting process, financial metrics and in case studies involving fraud and embezzlement. Please click here for more information.More

Supply of Copper on Congress' Fall Jobs Agenda
American Supply Association
If one were to read the title of H.R. 1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, it would be easy to ignore its value to ASA and the supplier and manufacturing community. However, if passed into law, this legislation would convey more than 2,000 acres of federal and non-federal lands, in exchange for land of equal value to a private entity — Resolution Copper LLC. As ASA members are eagerly aware, copper is a close second behind aluminum as the most prevalent ingredient in not just industrial components, but in everyday products enjoyed by millions of consumers. Aside from the benefits in transmitting electricity, water and gases, without copper there would be no hope for a "Green Revolution," wind turbines would be useless, and solar energy would be incomplete.More

600,000 Manufacturing Jobs Unfilled
Washington Business Journal
U.S. manufacturing companies have as many as 600,000 jobs that they cannot find workers with the proper skills to fill, according to a survey by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. The survey found 5 percent of current manufacturing jobs are unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates, 67 percent of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of qualified workers, and 56 percent expect the shortage to increase in the next three to five years.More

Copper Rises as Base Metals Extend Biggest Rally in Two Years
Bloomberg
Industrial metals in London jumped the most in three years, led by copper and nickel, as European governments moved closer to containing the region's debt crisis and manufacturing rebounded in China, the world's top consumer. European leaders outlined plans to aid banks and ruled out borrowing unlimited amounts from the European Central Bank to boost a rescue fund. Chinese manufacturing may expand in October, ending the longest contraction since 2009, according to a preliminary purchasing-managers' index.More

Why Small Manufacturers Lag in 'Green' Efforts
The Wall Street Journal
Many manufacturers are eager to go green, but doing so is particularly tough for smaller firms. Fifty-seven percent of small manufacturers said they have little or no strategy to become sustainable, compared to 39 percent of larger manufacturers, according to a recent survey by the Manufacturing Performance Institute, an industry-research and strategy firm in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The study was commissioned by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition. More