ASA Insights
Nov. 14, 2013

ASA Reaches Net Membership Growth for 2nd Consecutive Year
American Supply Association

Randy Trachtenberg (left) completes
M&M Supply's ASA's membership
application, making his company
ASA's 300th wholesaler-distributor

This past week, ASA was proud to welcome its 300th and 301st wholesaler-distributors members. As a result, 2013 will be the second consecutive year that ASA has achieved net membership growth, a milestone which hadn't previously been reached in decades. M&M Supply, located in Oklahoma City, and Thomas Pipe and Supply Co., located in Phoenix, joined now more than 300 of their channel partners as members of the nation’s premier association representing all segments of the PHCP and PVF industry.More

House Passes Asbestos Reform Bill
American Supply Association
This week, the House of Representative took a big step towards reining in the out of control litigation nightmare that has plagued a number of small businesses, including many in ASA. The bill, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act would require the 60 asbestos trusts around the country to file quarterly reports about who is filing claims for compensation.More

LAST CALL: FREE Webinar — Best Practices for Advertising Your Showroom
American Supply Association
This Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. Central, ASA's Showroom Managers Networking Council is hosting a FREE webinar dedicated to what works and what doesn't in regards to advertising your showroom. Steve Gumm of Marketing Mechanics will discuss how to position your firm and your showroom as a market leader. In addition, he will analyze a proven 8-point checklist to ensure your showroom marketing and advertising is delivering the maximum results for your dollar. There is still time to register and contact Ruth Mitchell at 630-467-0000, ext. 210, for more details.More

National Government Affairs Publication Interviews ASA Regarding Copper Theft
American City & County
Dan Hilton, ASA Director of Government Affairs, was recently interviewed by American City and County's Government Product News, a publication read by 70,000 government officials and administrators nationwide, regarding ASA's efforts in Washington in reducing copper theft. More

SAVE THE DATE: Crystal Vision Award Breakfast Feb. 5, 2014
American Supply Association
The Crystal Vision Award Breakfast, presented by the Storehouse of World Vision, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino as part of Design and Construction Week™. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.More

Beschloss: 2012 US Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Lowest Since 1994
The Desert Sun
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has issued "electrifying news." Because carbon dioxide emissions are, along with greenhouse gases, the ultimate effluence putrefying the atmosphere, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and such civic allies as the Sierra Club, the 2012 3.8% drop should hopefully have come as a cause for satisfaction to all. Whether it does or not may depend on the interpretation of those who may be demanding even greater reductions, no matter how injurious such extremism may impact economic betterment.More

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 5.8% in September
Modern Distribution Management
September U.S. manufacturing technology orders were $397.57 million, up 5.8% from August but down 31.1% when compared with the total of $577.17 million reported for September 2012. With a year-to-date total of $3.5 billion, 2013 is down 11.3% compared with 2012.More

US Economy Grows at Surprising Rate in 3Q
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8% annual rate from July through September, a surprising acceleration ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown. But much of the strength came from a buildup in unwanted stockpiles.More

Copper Reaches Three-Month Low on Speculation Stimulus to Slow
Copper touched a three-month low in New York after remarks by a Federal Reserve official fueled speculation that the central bank will slow U.S. economic stimulus earlier than expected.More

Using the 'Six Value Medals' to Identify and Assess Risk
By Dr. David Hillson
Edward de Bono is famous for promoting creative thinking, and he has written many books to explain his radical ideas. Perhaps his best-known technique is "Six Thinking Hats," encouraging people to adopt a range of different perspectives when thinking about an issue. Indeed, "Six Thinking Hats" can be helpful in risk identification. One of de Bono's other thinking tools is the "Six Value Medals." These describe different types of value that are important to people and organizations, and against which we can perform a "value scan" when making decisions or determining courses of action.More