ASA Insights
Dec. 23, 2015

ASA Execs Look Towards Future Growth
American Supply Association
From July 16: The ASA Executive Committee met in suburban Chicago to review divisional updates, discuss membership recruitment and retention and marketing plans, the 2016 association budget, and to review the latest goings on in the key areas of Advocacy, Education and planning for Network2015 in Chicago. The leadership group discussed the association's branding and marketing efforts, its aggressive career recruitment activities on behalf of the industry and ASA's overall support of its industry partners in other key areas. ASA's Executive Committee continues to focus on strengthening the association's overall financial picture while expanding on membership value. ASA Strategic Long Range PlanMore

Supply House Times Supply House of the Year: Winsupply
Supply House Times
From Sept. 24: Dayton, Ohio, is known as the birthplace of aviation, specifically as the place where the Wright brothers got their start in true entrepreneurial fashion. There's also a PHCP-PVF company based in Dayton that knows a thing or two about entrepreneurs and helping them live the American Dream of owning their own business. And Winsupply Chairman of the Board Rick Schwartz sees plenty of similarities between the recently rebranded industry heavyweight (more on the name change shortly) and Dayton's native aviation sons. "The Wrights weren't well-financed, avoided the limelight and were self-taught engineers," says Schwartz, who has been with the company 43 years. "They competed and succeeded against many well-funded people such as Samuel Langley who was funded by the Smithsonian. They used their own finances which they earned fixing and selling bicycles, some of which they manufactured."More

Women in Industry: 2015
Supply House Times
From April 2: In honor of the women in the PHCP-PVF industry, Supply House Times has compiled a list of the most notable right now. These women have proven themselves to be valuable assets toward their companies and are also heavily involved in developing ASA's Women in Industry Division. ASA's Women in Industry Division will host its annual Spring Conference this year in Washington, D.C., April 15-17. Don't miss your chance to be a part of one of the fastest growing programs that ASA has to offer.More

ASA Young Executives Meet in Charlotte
American Supply Association
From May 21: In May, 135 of ASA's Young Executives met in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the group's Annual Spring Forum. 2015 was once again a record-breaking Spring Forum attendance year for one of ASA's fastest-growing divisions. Thanks to Apollo Valves for sponsoring the event and for inviting the group to tour its Pageland, South Carolina, manufacturing facility (right). Spring Forum presenters included New York Times best-selling author Steve McClatchy, Bank of America Global Head of Human Resources Andrea Smith and Apollo's Glenn and Cal Mosack. Click here for more information.More

ASA Launches Voter Registration Drive
American Supply Association
From Sept. 17: The presidential primaries are coming up soon, giving you and your employees the opportunity to choose who the two candidates will be – but unless you’re registered to vote, you can’t vote! That is why ASA is taking part in Voter Registration Week. Did you know that approximately 190 million total registered voters were reported for the November 2014 midterm election, an increase of approximately 3.2 million voters since the 2010 midterm elections? Did you also know that employees view their employers as one of the best sources of information when it comes to government and politics? Voter registration week runs September 21 – 25, now is the time to get your employees and coworkers registered and engaged in the democratic process, click here to get started today!More

EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities
Environmental Protection Agency
From June 11: In June, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The assessment, done at the request of Congress, shows that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water. The assessment follows the water used for hydraulic fracturing from water acquisition, chemical mixing at the well pad site, well injection of fracking fluids, the collection of hydraulic fracturing wastewater (including flowback and produced water), and wastewater treatment and disposal.More

State of the PVF Industry
Supply House Times
From Sept. 3: The industrial PVF industry is in the midst of a rough patch. And the usual culprit is driving the bus. "The price of oil drives everything else," says Michael Taylor, president of Long Beach, California-based Columbia Specialty Co. "The oil industry has become really good at boom and bust. When the bust comes, it triggers action quickly. In a snap of a finger thousands of people get laid off and capital projects get cut. When the price of oil goes down to a certain point, everything gets shut off and things get slashed and the PVF industry gets caught in a big part of that." Taylor was one of four industrial PVF executives who took part in a recent Supply House Times interview in Oak Brook, Illinois, following a meeting of the American Supply Association's Industrial Piping Division Executive Council. Taylor was joined by fellow council members Brian Tuohey (Collins Pipe & Supply), Kip Miller (Eastern Industrial Supplies) and Bill Zielinski (Chicago Tube & Iron).More

8 Tips for Recruiting
National Association of Electrical Distributors
From July 30: At a recent conference I attended, the speaker said the electrical industry is "male, pale, and stale." Of course, everyone chuckled. Sadly, there's a lot of truth to it. As we all have heard time and time again - the baby boomers are retiring and the upcoming millennial generation will represent 75% of the workforce in 15 years. There’s no doubt that our industry is not the "sexiest" to attract applicants. Oh, and we have to keep them happy to retain them. How do we recruit them? What is that magic formula?More

Specialty Steel Producers Warn of Crisis Ahead
American Supply Association
From Jan. 15: The Future of the Specialty Steel Industry in North America is a paper from the Specialty Steel Industry of North America warning against extensive outsourcing of product of crucial importance to our national defense and industrial economy, including specialty tubulars, and calls on political leaders to enforce current trade laws to protect domestic producers of specialty metals. Each month, ASA's Materials Market Digest©, offers members current and qualified market data and analysis on various materials with insight into price-influencing actions. For the full report, log in to your My ASA account at

Why the Best Competitors are ASA Members
American Supply Association
From April 16: Recently announced acquisitions, i.e. Plumb Supply Co. purchasing Riback Supply and Security Supply joining WinWholesale, are certainly an indication that ASA members are the best competitors. The answer as to why is because ASA and its growing number of members share a common goal to be the most profitable and sustainable when delivering supply chain efficiency in a changing market place. Critical for this to happen is to hire and retain the very best employees, which is why ASA and its members share another long-range, strategic goal for employees to be the best trained, best educated and most professional in the industry. The 2014 Year in Review highlights so much about what members value most from their support and participation as well as the national organization’s key accomplishments for the industry. Not a member but ready to join, LEARN MORE.More