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February 15, 2018

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Biofuels Blamed for Philadelphia Refinery's Bankruptcy
ASA Materials Market Digest©
The biggest refinery on the East Coast, responsible for about a quarter of fuel-refining capacity in the region, filed for Chapter 11 in late January. The CEO of its parent company, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, blamed it on the need to spend $832 million dollar since 2012 on “compliance credits” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), created to enforce ethanol quotas on blended fuels. Philadelphia Refinery manufactured fuel rather than blending it, so they had to pay the EPA what amounts to a penalty for not using ethanol. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.
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ASA Supports NIST Plumbing Research Act
American Supply Association
The ASA along with 22 other plumbing and mechanical organizations submitted a letter of support for the adoption of the NIST Plumbing Research Act of 2018. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) has submitted Hr-301 for consideration in the House and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is preparing a companion bill for consideration in the Senate. ASA is in support of the proposed legislation due to the potential impact it would have for funding needed for practical, demand-side water research that can immediately inform actions that states, and cities are taking to conserve vital water resources. As water reuse continues to grow, it is imperative that the United States address critical gaps in the understanding of health impacts of human exposure to constituents in reclaimed water. ASA members are encouraged to submit letters of support to your state representatives for the proposed Act.
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A Grade above the Rest
Energy Metals, Inc.
Energy Metals knows each project is unique, that is why we offer solutions to fit all your requirements. Some of our value-added services include: 

• Cutting ( – 0”, + 1/8”) 
• Flange Modification 
• Fitting Modification 
• Threading 

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Building High Performance Culture
ASA's Emerging Leaders (EL)
World-class organizations have long recognized the powerful influence their cultures have on the performance of their people, and by extension, the performance of their companies. Not surprisingly, while most organizations allow their cultures to evolve naturally, top-performing ones don’t leave this to chance. Instead, they’re amazingly intentional about how they create and drive the culture they want to have. Learn more about this and other opportunities at the 2018 Spring Forum presented by ASA’s Emerging Leaders with generous support from Lixil Water Technology. Register early - by March 1st - and save as much as $200 per attendee.
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ASA is Your Voice — Proposed Standards Actions Under Review
American Supply Association
The ASA Advocacy Group is devoted to ensuring ASA membership is aware of and provided the opportunity to comment on proposed new standards or revisions to standards impacting the plumbing, HVAC and industrial PVF marketplace. One way to accomplish our mission is to provide a weekly list of proposed standards activities that are out in the committee balloting phase or public review phase of the process. When possible, we provide the actual proposed text under consideration and when not yet available to the public, a summary of the proposed changes is provided.

ASA members are encouraged to become directly engaged in standards and codes activities through direct participation in the committee process but realizing this is not always possible, ASA is committee to representing the industry early on in the process. We are your voice, so please, take the time to review the weekly activities updates and when you have concerns, send those concerns to Jim Kendzel, VP Advocacy, so he can ensure your voice is heard (

Visit the ASA website to access this week’s activities.

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Best Practices for Energy Savings to Increase Bottom Line
ASA's Operations & Logistics Peer Networking Council
Join ASA's Operations & Logistics Peer Networking Council on Wednesday, March 7th for a webinar with Isaac Gerstein from Green Street Solar Power. The program will focus on how to leverage emerging technology for energy savings, including best practices for use and implementation. Learn how to decrease operational costs, make money on assets your company already owns and increase your bottom line. REGISTER NOW
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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

Connect, Communicate & Coach the 5 Generation Workforce
ASA's Training & HR Peer Networking Council
Today's complex, dynamic, global business environment demands that organizations develop innovative talent strategies that yield bottom-line results. Organizations are turning to creative approaches to meet the needs of customers and stakeholders, manage change, prioritize work and build collaboration. In turn, leaders want and need top talent - engaged, skilled and connected employees who can anticipate market needs, resolve problems and deliver results. But how can an organization build capable and effective processes that tap into employee passion and deliver tangible business results? Join Diane Thielfoldt from The Learning Café for a two-part webinar series on March 7th and April 18th presented by ASA’s Training & HR Peer Networking Council.
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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
• Check out these enhancements!!
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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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The ProductPro® product knowledge courses will make your employees smarter about the products they sell. ProductPro®-trained employees will make fewer errors, reducing your operating expenses and shrinkage, and increasing customer satisfaction. These highly effective courses will also help you get your new employees up to speed faster and build their confidence. Check out the ProductPro® Courses available now!
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