ASA Insights
Dec. 08, 2016

California Water Issue Causes End of Year Snag
American Supply Association
As Congress wraps up its business for the year and sets the stage for bipartisan water resources legislation to reach the president's desk, a perennial issue between California legislatures entered the fray. Like so many issues, this pits Democrats against Republicans in the Golden State delegation regarding a long standing fight over access to water in the state. Late last week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senator Diane Feinstein collaborated to insert language that would provide drought relief to central and southern California. It would temporarily relax environmental standards and instruct federal officials to divert more water to farms and other users in the federal water infrastructure there. Lawmakers are expected to remain into the weekend and could face a Democratic filibuster before passing the bill, which includes funding for Flint among other water infrastructure programs.More

Make Your Move™
ASA Advisor©
Evaluate capacity as many markets will be growing in 2017. If possible, upgrade technology to increase capacity and efficiencies without increasing employees as labor costs will continue to rise in the next three years. Login to MY ASA to access ASA's latest macroeconomic forecast report for the PHCP-PVF industry.More

Former Columbia Pipe and Supply CEO Arenberg Dies
American Supply Association
Bill Arenberg, the former CEO of Chicago-based Columbia Pipe & Supply, died Nov. 27 at the age of 86. Arenberg, a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Marine Corps., is the father of current Columbia Pipe & Supply President Tim Arenberg and Vice President T.J. Arenberg, who represent the third generation of family leadership. Columbia Pipe & Supply was founded by Ted Arenberg, Tom Floro, Harry Shoff and Carl Zoeller in 1935. The Arenberg family bought controlling interest in Columbia in 1974. Today, Columbia Pipe & Supply, the 1992 Supply House Times Supply House of the Year, has more than 20 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.More

NETWORK2016 Honors Longtime Industry Contributors
Supply House Times
Three PHCP-PVF executives were honored for their long-term service to the industry — one of the many highlights from the American Supply Association's NETWORK2016 held in late September at the iconic Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Knoxville, Tenn.-based Modern Supply's Dottie Ramsey was given the association's highlight honor, the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award, while Bedford, Mass-based F.W. Webb's Ernie Coutermarsh was the recipient of the Industrial Piping Division Award of Excellence. Jeff New, of Elkhart, Ind.-based Mid-City Supply, was named the recipient of the Plumbing Division Award of Excellence. Be sure to save the date for NETWORK2017, October 11-13, in Nashville!More

Sump, Sewage, and Effluent Pumps©
American Supply Association
ASA University is pleased to announce that the update of its product knowledge course, Sump, Sewage, and Effluent Pumps© is complete and available in ASA University's store. Sump, Sewage, and Effluent Pumps© provides an overview of the common types of sump, sewage, and effluent pumps. The course gives employees the basic knowledge needed to discuss the operation and components of these pumps. Definitions of common industry terms, descriptions of the major types of pumps, and other information to help employees serve customers more effectively are provided. This course has been updated to be mobile and tablet compatible.More


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Leaders for Today's Reality And Tomorrow's Unknown
American Supply Association
Leadership, mentoring and coaching skills are the keys to a successful leader. And a successful leader is the key to a successful team. By training leaders of companies, ASA-U also ensures your entire team is performing at its full potential. Leaders are not Born.

Leaders are Made. Strong leaders can advance your company's performance. Help to prepare your leaders of tomorrow and engage employees to be their best today with role-based training tracks. Strategic decision making, building trust, and communication are the focus of ASA University's leadership training bundles.More

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

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 NOW More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Why is End of Year Rate Increase Overdue?

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

59 Employee Engagement Ideas You Need to Know About
Snack Nation
HR managers can agree that employee engagement and retention are at the top of their priority list. Every company wants to attract and keep the best talent. The problem? Many employees in today's job market quickly feel uninspired by their work, get bored after 2 years and start job hunting for something new.More