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March 1, 2018

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Businesses Taking Stand on Steel Tariffs
With rumors swirling in Washington that President Trump wants to inflict the highest tariffs possible, and a potential announcement in steel country before the upcoming special election in Pittsburgh, ASA and business groups reliant on steel are speaking out. As our letter states, "it is our belief that, global tariffs and quotas on imports of these products will injure the purchasers of these products and will lead to the loss of thousands of American jobs. Trade restrictions of this nature and magnitude will lead to more downstream steel and aluminum-containing products being imported into the U.S., all tariff steel and aluminum costs continue to rise and availability decreases, it will impede the ability for downstream manufacturers and the suppliers and retailers reliant upon them to reinvest in their workforce." See our letter here.
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FREE Webinar: How will the new tax law impact your business?
It's been a few months since the president signed the new tax reform bill into law. For corporations, the early returns appear promising. The markets like the lower corporate tax rate and dozens of public companies have announced investments, wage hikes, and bonuses as a result of the new law. But what about Main Street businesses, like the hundreds of members of ASA? Join us on Thursday, March 22 at 2:00 EST/1:00 CST for an exclusive webinar with S Corporation Association President Brian Reardon. Learn how the new law will impact small businesses and those that file as an S Corp. and get your questions answered on what small business can expect as this law moves into the implementation phase. To register, click here.
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Meet the 2018 Workforce
How to Connect, Communicate, and Coach the Five Generation Workforce

A 2-Part WEBINAR Series sponsored by ASA University

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 is for this two-part webinar on understanding the five generations currently in the workforce, and how to create a business environment to recruit, engage, and retain a top workforce. Participation in both Parts is ideal, but not required. Join us Wednesday, March 21 and Wednesday, April 18.


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A Grade above the Rest
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Trump's Biofuel Summit With Senators Ends Without Agreement
Oil refiners and corn farmers at odds over biofuel mandate White House to consult with industry leaders on Thursday. Donald Trump's meeting with senators warring over the future of a program designed to boost biofuels ended without a breakthrough Tuesday, prolonging a clash that could undermine the president's political appeal in Pennsylvania and Iowa.
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Building High Performance Culture
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. Early-bird registration ends today; save as much as $200 per attendee.
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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

Time to Check Your Pulse
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. In fact, January, 2018, had the highest-ever number of respondents. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the February report is March 12th. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.
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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
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Life is Good, For Now
ASA Advisor©
In general, wholesaler-distributors are feeling good about business; in fact, up 7.6 percent from the year before over the last twelve months. The trouble is that that the tide will go out for this large segment of the U.S. economy (approx. 29.3 percent of GDP), and the list of indicators in support of this forecast from ITR Economics for the second half of 2018 is getting longer. It is important to watch inventory levels and be prepared to reduce B and C items now with a wary eye on A items one to quarters from now. Inventory turns are bound to slow in the second half of this year for those who don’t act soon. Login to MY ASA to access ASA's latest macroeconomic forecast report for the PHCP-PVF industry.
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ASA-U is excited to release a new course from HOLDRITE! HOLDRITE ProGuard – The Next Generation of Stub-out Supports introduces HOLDRITE ProGuard, the next generation of stub-out protection. In this course you will learn about the features and benefits of this product, the models available, and the various plumbing applications for the product and installation. Check it out now, and keep an eye out for another course next week!
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Are You Having Trouble Getting Your Employees to Finish Their Training Courses?
Check out this new document from ASA University which provides Best Practices on organizations that provide incentives for their employees to successfully complete Training courses. While one size does not fit all, perhaps iterations of these may begin the discussion at your organization. LEARN MORE
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