ASA Insights
Dec. 01, 2016

Businesses Hoping Temporary Injunction Becomes Permanent
American Supply Association
Just before Thanksgiving, as businesses were gearing up to implement the burdensome, new overtime rules by the Department of Labor (DOL), Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District Court of Texas issued a preliminary injunction effectively postponing the start date, which was set to take effect on December 1. One of the most important items of this ruling should be that it is preliminary, aka: TEMPORARY. Law firms across the country have received questions regarding this ruling and how businesses should plan to move forward. Most importantly, many of have inquired whether the injunction will last into the next administration.More

Post-Election Economic Outlook Unchanged
ASA Advisor©
Donald Trump's election as the next President certainly caught many of us by surprise. However, it really does not alter the macroeconomic outlook for 2017. The leading indicators were going up before the election, and analysts at ITR Economics expect that they will continue to rise post-election. While the rise is still likely, it's not likely to be any better or any worse. The new Administration and Congress are more likely to have a bearing on 2018 and beyond. For the time being, the forecast is unchanged for a slowing economy in 2018 and economic decline around the first half of 2019. Login to MY ASA to access the latest report.More

Overtime Overhaul: How Employers Can Deal with Court Decision on New Rules
The Business Journals
The Nov. 22 ruling by a federal judge in Texas to suspend new rules governing overtime pay has left employers across the country scrambling. Many companies had spent months preparing for the new regulations, which were set to go into effect Dec. 1, before the decision from U.S. Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas to issue a preliminary injunction stopping the rules from going into effect.More

ANSI Standards Action (November 2016)
American Supply Association
The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47, No. 47 and No. 48 ) is now available. Also, a synopsis has been generated which indicates the pertinent information. Some of the highlighted items for the month of November includes: ASSE has announced the formation of a new standard to address tankless water heaters (BSR/ASSE 1085-201x). ASSE currently has a call for members to generate the ASSE 1085-201x. Tankless water heaters with integral scald and thermal shock protection for plumbed emergency equipment. The International Code Council (ICC) is accepting public comments for a new standard for rainwater collection systems. The deadline to submit public comments is January 2, 2017.More

EPA To Review Asbestos As It Releases First List of Chemicals To Review Under New Chemical Safety Law
Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA has announced the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Under TSCA EPA is now required to evaluate existing chemicals to determine whether they "present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment." The Agency will start the risk evaluation process for these first 10 chemicals and within six months release a scoping document for each chemical which includes the hazard(s), exposure(s), conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation(s) the Agency plans to consider for the evaluation. More

Codes and Standards News Update
American Supply Association
The Codes and Standards News page is updated periodically, as important news affecting the plumbing, PVF, and HVAC/Hydronics industry is released. Recent news includes:

  1. Initiation of Risk Assessments for Chemicals in Drinking Water Comment Period Extended
  2. EPA Announces Public Meeting on New Chemicals Review under the Amended TSCA
  3. Commonly Used Solvents Found to Cause Cancer by the CAL EPA/OEHHA
  4. DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Commercial Water Heating Equipment
  5. DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Commercial Package Boilers
  6. EPA is Proposing to Add Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs) to the Toxic Release Inventory
Please visit the Codes and Standards News for the most recent industry news.More

Residential Water Processing
American Supply Association
ASA University is pleased to announce that the update of its product knowledge course, Residential Water Processing© is complete and available in ASA University's store. This course has been updated to include information regarding recent water standard requirements, water testing methods, and is mobile and tablet compatible. Employees will gain the basic understanding of common water problems. Definitions of common industry terms, descriptions of the major types of water treatments, and other information to help employees serve customers more effectively are provided. LEARN MOREMore


"ASA gives me an opportunity to network with other members across the country, meet vendors, and establish valuable relationships. Having a voice in Washington allows me to learn about issues that will have an effect on our business as well as to help relieve those issues."Patrick Maloney, Coburn Supply Co.

Share your ‘I AM ASA’ with us!

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights and ITR Economics to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance as well as how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month — the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the November report is December 9. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.More

Warehouse Management is the Heartbeat of Your Company
American Supply Association
Industry-specific Warehouse Management Role-Based Training provides the tools and resources new and seasoned employees need to prosper in this industry. ASA-U provides new employees an outstanding foundation to become their best. Insights into operations, customer service, and profitability are all covered in customized, role-based learning.

Industry product overviews are included as well as core skills such as customer retention and team collaboration. Experienced warehouse staff can advance and gain new skills to push both their career and the company to the next level. LEARN MOREMore

First Impressions are the Best Impressions
American Supply Association
As we all know, first impressions are the best impressions, and your showroom is a large venue for the customer's first impression. Once the customer arrives outside the impression begins. Hank Darlington will present 50 steps on how to give the customer the best first impression for little or no extra cost. It's not just the showroom image but also the image staff puts forth as well. ASA's Showroom Managers Networking Council will be hosting the event, 50 Steps to the Best First Impression, during KBIS on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL. Register today and join your fellow showroom manager professionals in our industry to connect, network and stay informed and ahead of industry trends. REGISTER NOW More

Injury and Illness Records Will Soon Be Public Information
American Supply Association
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is rolling out its new injury and illness electronic recordkeeping and anti-retaliation rules. Because of these critical and consequential changes, ASA will be offering an exclusive, FREE webinar for its members on this issue. Join experts from the law firm Conn, Maciel, Carey LLC, specialists in OSHA — Workplace Safety law, on December 12 at 1:00PM Central. REGISTER NOWMore

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: How Have PVF Distributors Fared During Oil Depression?

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to The Beschloss Perspective for a full archive of past articles.More

2017 Design & Construction Week
American Supply Association
Design & Construction Week ® (DCW) features the co-location of the NAHB International Builders' Show ® (IBS) and NKBA's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show ® (KBIS). In 2017, this synchronization of tradeshows and markets moves to Orlando, Florida, January 10-12. The fourth annual DCW will bring together 80,000+ design and construction professionals in the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry. ASA members receive special discounts to explore the exhibit floors of both shows — a combined total of 2,100+ exhibits! Register for your DCW expo pass today.More

UID 2017 Registration Now Open
American Supply Association
The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. 2017 marks the 24th year that UID has been serving the supply chain. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. Working together, these groups take great pride in providing a superior learning experience. See the UID Brochure or Register Now!More

8 Key Tactics For Developing Employees
Finding great talent is hard, but what's even more challenging is keeping the talent you have engaged so they will stay. Unless you continually reinvest in developing your employees with successful on-boarding and ongoing training — helping them reach their full potential — they may leave and you will find yourself back at square one trying to procure more talent.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.More