ASA Insights
Nov. 4, 2010

Popular ASAEF Training Now Available Online
American Supply Association
For the past year, the ASA Education Foundation has focused on converting all its content-rich training courses into an online, interactive format. We are proud to announce that the widely used book-based ProductPro® and Essential courses are now available in ASAU Online, a learning management system that delivers engaging training programs 24/7. ASAU Online courses are presented in quick and highly interactive modules, perfect for the employee used to getting information from the Internet. As a bonus, company training administrators and owners can train, track and assess employees' progress within ASAU Online. Thanks to the support of the Karl E. Neupert Endowment Fund, the ASAEF offers companies FREE access to the training management aspect of ASAU Online without incurring the cost of building an LMS of their own. Start your online training today!More

Manufacturing Activity Surges in October
CNBC
Manufacturing activity expanded last month at the fastest pace since May, driven by demand in the United States and abroad for cars, computers and other goods. The report signals that U.S. factory output, which slowed during the summer, remains a strong player in an otherwise weak economy. A separate report Nov. 1 showed that manufacturing in China, the world's second-largest economy, also grew. The Institute for Supply Management said that its manufacturing index read 56.9 in October, up from 54.4 in September. It was the 15th straight month of growth. A reading above 50 indicates growth.More

New Member Spotlight on Todd Pipe & Supply
American Supply Association
ASA welcomes Todd Pipe & Supply in Anaheim, Calif., as one of its newest members in 2010. The McMillen family built a very successful wholesale plumbing supply business serving Southern California and Nevada. The values that guided the company's success — hard work, honesty, integrity, and respect for customers and employees — also guide the McMillen Family Foundation, which provides support to nonprofit groups and agencies dedicated to improving the lives of those in need, in particular to eligible groups in Southern California that are dedicated to helping men and women who have been affected directly or indirectly by alcohol and/or drugs.More

Association For Manufacturing Technology Calls for Action to Revitalize US Manufacturing and Promote Real Economic Growth
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
The Association For Manufacturing Technology is calling for a comprehensive national strategy to revitalize manufacturing in the U.S. through cooperation and innovation. The Manufacturing Mandate, being brought forward by AMT, asks political leaders to establish a strategy of collaboration between government industry and academia. This federal strategy would give incentives toward innovation, research and development in new products and manufacturing technologies; assure the availability of capital; increase global competitiveness; minimize structural cost burdens; enhance collaboration between government, academia and industry; and build a better educated and trained "smartforce."More

ASA Members are Honored by Affiliated Distributors
American Supply Association
At Affiliated Distributors' Spirit of Independence Awards ceremony for the Plumbing, PVF and HVAC Divisions on Oct. 4, ASA members Collins Pipe & Supply, Sloan Valve Company, NIBCO Inc., Eastern Industrial Supplies Inc., Bradford White, Etna Supply Company, Apollo Valve, Keeney Manufacturing Company and Pace Supply all received awards ranging from Outstanding Affiliate/Supplier of the Year to the prestigious A-D MVP Award, presented by Affiliated Distributors' CEO Bill Weisberg to Kelly Hubley of Pace Supply.More

Stronger Growth for Remodeling Projected for 2011
American Supply Association
Substantive growth in remodeling spending, coming off a three-year decline, seems likely in 2011, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity recently released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Even though spending is still below its 2007 peak, LIRA indicates that homeowner improvement spending is expected to be up at a double-digit pace at an annual rate through the first half of 2011.More

US Markets Higher on Strong Manufacturing Index
The Associated Press via The New York Times
Wall Street indexes rose Nov. 1 at the beginning of a week that will be dominated by the midterm elections in the United States and central bank meetings, including one in which the Federal Reserve is expected to announce moves to stimulate the economy. Shares were stronger after a report on manufacturing activity in the United States was better than expected and mirrored data from China, where a report showed expansion there last month. The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index rose to 56.9 points in October from 54.4 in September.More

Brown Smith Wallace Announces 2010 Mid-Year Supplements
American Supply Association
Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and the Brown Smith Wallace Consulting Group, these 20-page supplement guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each guide details software company information; identifies vertical markets; highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package; shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The supplement guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.More