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April 20, 2017

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China Main Culprit Contributing to Growing Global Glut
ASA Materials Market Digest©
The global steel capacity glut will only worsen, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It pegged world steelmaking capacity at 2.39 billion tons per year at the end of 2016, up 1.4 percent from 2015. The OECD’s steel committee said that new capacity was added at a faster rate than old capacity was shut, and capacity utilization rates are still low despite a four percentage point gain to 70.3 percent in February, according to the World Steel Association (WSA). That same group reported that crude steel production for its 67 member countries was up 4.1 percent in February, 2017, compared with the same month in 2016, even though February had an extra day last year. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.
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NETWORK2017 Ideas: Five Ways to Meet with Your Team
American Supply Association
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Phone calls are so 2007. These days we feel more connected with teams when we hear, see and participate in our remote meetings. Each company in the PHCP-PVF industry needs to connect with their partners in order to “Build Their Bottom Line”. Come to NETWORK2017 and hear Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend, talk about five scenarios for meeting with people from afar that brings you closer together. Register now to take advantage of the early bird savings, and hear Beth and other fantastic speakers, October 11-13 in Nashville.

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Acquisition of Shurjoint Industries
The Shurjoint grooved connection technology will play an integral part in completing the total end-to-end connection capabilities of “Apollo” Flow Controls. This integration allows us to offer the most extensive and complete portfolio of connection and flow control devices of any other brand in North America. Additionally, this allows us to service a global market and expands our manufacturing capabilities into other geographies around the world. More

Make Your Voice Heard in Washington
American Supply Association
The time is now to get in the game and urge Congress to stop arguing and finally address issues important to the PHCP-PVF industry, manufacturing and small businesses. They’ve already tripped out of the gate reforming healthcare, will they do the same on tax reform? They need to hear from you to learn our industry’s needs and how the decisions they’re making in Washington impact your business. Join your industry peers at ASA’s Annual Legislative Fly-in on June 13 – 14, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! REGISTER NOW
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New Courses from SharkBite
ASA-U has just released two new manufacturer specific courses from SharkBite! Complete these courses to learn more about the SharkBite products listed below. Check out all courses here, and earn your $2 BlueBucks per course now!
  • SharkBite Push-to-Connect Plumbing Manifolds
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LOOK! Falcon Best Push2Connect

Falcon Stainless of Temecula, CA and John Guest USA/UK joined up to create the strongest most secure Push-to-Connect water flex available anywhere! No inner tube to burst or kink! Only solid SS and genuine John Guest parts with a Lifetime Warranty. Got yours? Available in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" on a variety of connectors.

Preparing for the Challenge Ahead
American Supply Association
A new campaign for the Karl E Neupert Endowment Fund has officially kicked off. As a direct result of the Neupert Fund, created to support all of the education, training, and support programs offered through ASA University, more than $7 million has already been reinvested back into the PHCP-PVF industry. Faced with a looming labor shortage over the next 10-20 years, a new fundraising goal has been set to position ASA University to support members’ future workforce - $3 million by 2020. Consider a donation today, and utilize your member benefits through ASA University to the fullest.
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Jones Stephens Partner Promise

We get it, and We Got It. With over 18,000 SKUs across 14 product categories, Jones Stephens has the products on-hand to provide exactly what you need, when you need it. The next time your primary provider lets you down, think Jones Stephens. Learn More.

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Has the Cost of Glass-Steagall Cancellation Proved Inestimable?

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to The Beschloss Perspective for a full archive of past articles.

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Heavy-Duty Medium Set Gray Cement

Oatey Heavy Duty Medium Set Gray PVC Cement is designed to have a thicker viscosity and medium set time for use with large diameter pipe and in commercial applications. Superior gap filling properties and bond strength. For use on PVC pipe up to 18" (non-pressure) and 12" (pressure).

Anvil® International Acquires AFCON®
PR Newswire
Anvil International, one of the largest and most complete manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping support systems in the world, announced that it has acquired AFCON, a leading provider of patented fire protection pipe hangers and seismic bracing products. "This acquisition strengthens Anvil International's hanger and seismic bracing product line to offer the best fire protection package in the industry," said Dean Taylor, vice president of Anvil International. "We are excited to work with Kraig Kirschner, the former CEO of AFCON. Our emphasis will continue to be on innovation and further development of pipe hanger products."
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  More Availability, Reliability, Speedability

Your source for PVF for over 70 years. Industrial Valco has unbeatable inventory, error free shipments, and the fastest service in the industry.

Why So Many Businesses Mess Up Employee Development
Employers who want to invest in employee development through a talent mobility program need to know each employee’s strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately, as the 2015 Talent Mobility Research Report by Lee Hecht Harrison found, only 42 percent of companies understand their employees’ unique skills and experience.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.

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