ASA Insights
Dec. 1, 2011

We're Moving!
American Supply Association
ASA headquarters' new location will be
1200 N. Arlington Heights Road in
Itasca, Ill.

During the week of December 19, 2011, the headquarters of the American Supply Association, the ASA Education Foundation, the Midwest Distributors Association (MwDA) and the Wholesalers Association of the North East (WANE) will be moving from the current location in Chicago's Merchandise Mart to the western Chicago suburb of Itasca. The new official address will be:

1200 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 150
Itasca, IL 60143


Please continue to use current telephone and fax numbers until otherwise notified. Updated contact information will be communicated after our move has been completed. We look forward to serving our membership and the industry from our new location in the new year!More

ASA-Sponsored Warehouse Training Approaching — Register Today!
American Supply Association
Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© an ASA-sponsored training course offered through the Association Education Alliance, will take place in Houston on Dec. 8 and in Dallas on Dec. 14. The course is geared toward warehouse employees, especially those on the supervisor track, and features instructor Jason Bader, managing partner of The Distribution Team Inc. Bader brings more than 20 years of experience in managing small and large distribution facilities, and emphasizes practical experience through all of his teaching. The registration deadline for the Houston and Dallas dates is tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 2. For full program details, including a complete schedule of cities and dates through June 2012, please click here.More

Turmoil at NLRB Reaches its Boiling Point
American Supply Association
After months of partisan back and forth, the makeup of the five-member National Labor Relations Board could soon be down to two, taking away its ability to continue issuing rules many believe are tilted heavily in favor of labor's interest and against employers. A heated dispute has erupted in wake of the board's announcement that it will meet this week to vote on a streamlined version of the proposed "ambush elections" rule. NLRB Member Brian Hayes, the board's lone Republican, sent a letter to House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline about the NLRB's failure to follow normal procedures for the rule making and misleading Kline about the timeline for the rule.More

Register Early for 2012 University of Industrial Distribution: Space is Filling Quickly!
American Supply Association
Attention, all industrial distribution and manufacturing professionals committed to ongoing education and professional development: Registrations are now being accepted for the 2012 University of Industrial Distribution. Held March 5-8 in Indianapolis, UID is a four-day institute that offers superb concentrated learning and excellent peer-to-peer networking. 2012 marks the 19th year that UID has been serving the distribution industry. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading industrial distribution professional associations in cooperation with the Industrial Distribution Program of Purdue University. The program provides an excellent opportunity to align the development plans for your management and management candidates with excellent learning opportunities. There is limited enrollment and space fills quickly so register early! Click HERE to learn more!More

Copper Rises Most in Five Weeks as Central Banks Boost Liquidity
Bloomberg
Copper rose the most in five weeks after central banks from the U.S. to China moved to ease strains in financial markets and spur growth. The Federal Reserve and five other central banks agreed to cut the cost of emergency funding for banks in Europe as part of a global effort to stem the region's debt crisis. Separately, China cut the amount of cash that lenders must set aside as reserves for the first time since 2008. The coordinated efforts among central banks "along with the Chinese reserve cut are the obvious short-term drivers," James Dailey, who manages $215 million at TEAM Financial Management LLC in Harrisburg, Pa., said in an email.More

ADP: Manufacturing Employment Increases by 7,000 in November
Shopfloor
Manufacturing employment rose by 7,000 in November, its first increase since June, according to Automated Data Processing data. Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 206,000. This was the largest jump of the year, followed closely by the increases in February and March of 205,000 and 203,000, respectively. November's gains came almost entirely from the service sector, which grew by 178,000 net new jobs. In addition, small and medium-sized payrolls (i.e., those with less than 500 employees) accounted for the bulk of the net new jobs, continuing a familiar trend.More

Copper, Gold Mine Project in Peru Suspended in Face of Protests
Los Angeles Times
Faced with increasingly violent local opposition, the developers of the giant Conga gold and copper mine in northern Peru suspended the project late Tuesday night, saying they were bowing to a demand from the government of President Ollanta Humala. Much of the northern district of Cajamarca has been paralyzed the last six days by general strikes called by Conga opponents that closed businesses and schools. Residents were concerned that the massive gold and copper mine could pollute the region's water supply, a charge the mine's operators, led by Colorado-based Newmont Mining, strenuously denied.More