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February 8, 2018

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NAFTA Disputes Create an Uncertain Future for Trade
ASA Advisor©
Trade is a critical component of the U.S. economy. Imports tend to get much of the press coverage, in part because the U.S. has been running a trade deficit for many years. Current disputes with Mexico and Canada over NAFTA are creating an uncertain future for trade in North America. President Trump has blamed the agreement for our negative trade balances with these countries, currently about $70.1 billion with Mexico and $17.5 billion with Canada. Leaving NAFTA would make Mexican and Canadian goods more expensive and potentially reduce imports as well as U.S. exports to these countries. While doing so may shrink the U.S. deficit, it would do so at the expense of the domestic industries that benefit from exporting to our neighbors. Exports are significant to U.S. economic growth, and we can ill afford to alienate our North American trading partners given their importance. Therefore, analysts with ITR Economics do not anticipate there will be a major, injurious changes to NAFTA as doing so would be illogical. Log in to MY ASA to access ASA’s latest macroeconomic forecast report for the PHCP-PVF industry.
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Counterfeit Stainless Steel Sinks Seized by Customs
ASA Materials Market Digest©
A shipment from Malaysia of 2,990 stainless steel sinks worth an estimated $1.1 million at retail were confiscated in mid-January by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Baltimore. Earlier in the month, the CBP seized a shipment of 1,256 stainless steel sinks worth an estimated $944,000 coming in from Canada at a port of entry in northwestern North Dakota. CBP officers examined the shipments for anti-dumping and countervailing duties enforcement and discovered the UPC shield logo issued by IAPMO, which determined that the use of the logo was unauthorized. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) slapped duties on imports of stainless steel sinks from China in March, 2013. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.
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Your Best Connection
Energy Metals, Inc.
The simplicity of using a one-stop-shop- distributor like Energy Metals means you save valuable time and money. With an extensive distribution network, we offer delivery of all your specialty stainless and high-grade nickel alloy pipe, fitting, and flange needs around the world. Furthermore, our customer portal makes it easy to access your order info, tallies, bills of lading, MTR’s and more 24 hours a day. Stocking grades 304/304H, 310/310H, 317/317L, 321S/321H, 347/347H, Alloy 20, Duplex 2205, Hastelloy C276, Incoloy 800H/HT, Incoloy 825, Inconel 600, Inconel 625, Monel 400, Nickel 200/201 and Super Duplex 2507; Energy Metals Inc. is your best connection. Click here to watch the video of our warehouse.
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First Glance at PHCP-PVF Wholesaler Performance for 2017
American Supply Association
ASA’s Monthly Pulse Report provides a regular snapshot of distributor performance for the PHCP-PVF industry. Calendar year-to-date for December, 2017, versus prior year, all respondents reported median sales growth of 6.0%. 46.9% of all respondents reported an increase in YTD gross margin percentages. Company’s YTD profit before taxes increased for 66.7% of the total sample. These aside, the very best look at comparative financial performance data for PHCP-PVF wholesaler-distributors will be ASA’s 2018 Operating Performance Report (OPR), for which data collection will begin on or about March 1st.
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How We Can All Elevate Women and Give Them a Voice in the Business World
I'm a firm believer in equality for everyone. No special treatment -- for good or for bad. Labels call out our differences, rather than highlighting how we are all the same. Unfortunately, that's often not the way the world works. Over the last 10 years, I've had the unique perspective as a woman of the challenges facing other women. I've built relationships with some of the smartest, most successful executives and with the timid, newly hired post-graduate. I feel lucky to say that many of these were women -- a fact untrue not too long ago. What I've found is that women are often viewed as one of two extremes. You are either sweet but meek, or harsh and strong. There is no middle ground. If you have advanced in your career, it's not because you're ambitious and talented, but rather, you must be competitive or cruel. While some of this is perception from others, often it's just our own projection.
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Are You Ready to Take Your Training to the Next Level?
American Supply Association
Then look no further, ASA University has the Program for you! The Master of Distribution Management (MDM) Certification Program is a first of its kind master's certification program designed by industry experts and focused specifically on the wholesale distribution industry. The opportunities offered in this program are both flexible and affordable. The MDM Certification Program is here to help your current and future leaders reach their highest potential for your company. Distinguish yourself from your competition with highly trained, MDM-certified managers. LEARN MORE
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Many Valves... Once Source

Boshart Industries offers a wide selection of valves for the plumbing, heating, industrial, irrigation and water systems markets. Available in materials such as brass, no lead brass, stainless, PVC and chrome plated. All Boshart Industries valves are marked with size and service ratings for easy identification and installation. Learn more

Power Your Potential-Women in Industry Spring Conference
American Supply Association
Discover what makes you great and push yourself forward in business and your career. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra effort. This year's Women in Industry Spring Conference will give you tools to turn your own potential and knowledge into actionable plans that will make you even better. Maybe you saw how rewarding and fun this event has been in the past. Maybe you're curious. After seeing this video, you won't want to miss this year's event. See you in Savannah!
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Model 4992 Close Quarters Cutter
Meet our New Model 4992 Standard features:
• Cuts ¼” – 2-3/8” non-ferrous tube and plastic pipe and tube
• Cuts thin wall material like traps and tail pieces with no distortion
• Great for under vanities, close to walls, waste and overflows
• Eliminates sawing which can loosen joints
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Course of the Week — Team Excellence
Organizations know that every one of their employees is valuable and contributes unique talents and experience to each project or task at hand. Effective collaboration not only helps to increase the quality of results, but also the productivity. Team Excellence is the one-hour training resource that ensures teams achieve these outcomes. Participants fundamentally learn to CARE by discovering techniques for effective Communication, maximizing individual Ability, producing Results, and fostering Esprit de corps. Among these techniques, they learn to create synergy, set goals, cultivate accountability, and coordinate effective team building activities, effectively allowing them to achieve high performance. LEARN MORE
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Do Asia’s Billionaires Indicate Economic Global Expansion Surge?

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