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Power Breakfast Proves Popular for ASA's IPD in Houston
American Supply Association
Last week, more than 50 individuals representing 30 PVF suppliers and distributors convened in Houston for the Industrial Piping Division's Open House & Breakfast Forum. "Bringing together the right people to the same place to share ideas and exchange information related to the PVF Industry is of great value to the participating ASA & IPD members and new member prospects," said Jay Bazemore, IPD Chairman from JABO Supply. This inaugural event, sponsored by Milwaukee Valve, provided industry-specific information and discussion about emerging trends, future expectations, and key issues affecting the industrial PVF supply chain. According to Brian Tuohey from Collins Pipe & Supply, "Houston is a long way from Connecticut, but to have bundled a high-quality IPD event with three, separate presentations on extremely pertinent topics ... it literally doubled the value of my trip."
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Did You Miss Last Week's CEO Webinar, 'Compete Smarter Not Harder'?
American Supply Association
Although Compete Smarter, Not Harder: A Process for Developing the Right Priorities Through Strategic Thinking, the first of four webinars in the ASA Summer Webinar Series, was presented last week, you still have the opportunity to experience it free of charge. ASA is offering its members the opportunity to test out the first of three thought-provoking events designed exclusively for the CEO and emerging leader. Along with the Webinar Series, this program offers an immersion in finding innovation for your company through the 2014 UnleashWD Innovation Summit and intense peer-to-peer experience sharing found in our newly created CEO Growth Forum. Each event within the program can be purchased separately or packaged at a discount. View complete program information here and contact Mike Adelizzi at 630-467-0000, ext. 201, for further details. WATCH WEBINAR
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Last Chance for Early-Bird Registration for NetworkASA 2014!
American Supply Association
Registrants who sign up before June 1 will save $150. Make sure to mark your calendars and REGISTER NOW for NetworkASA 2014, Sept. 9-11, in Las Vegas! Each year, ASA and its members continue to develop and grow its annual convention to be THE event for the PCHP and Industrial PVF Industry. Don't miss out on your chance to save on this year's event starring famous keynote speakers including: Regis Philbin, Jimmy Johnson (NFL), Robert O'Neill (Seal Team Six, Captain Phillips), Alan Beaulieu (ITR Economics), and many more. Also, don't forget to sign up for one-on-one conferencing appointments for manufacturers and distributors. It's going to be another great event; see you in Vegas!

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    Are Profitable Showroom Sales Important to You?
Essentials of Profitable Showroom Sales© covers the critical concepts of consultative selling, showroom marketing, and customer service. Designed to help new employees sharpen their selling skills and seasoned salespeople to refresh theirs, the course describes the important role that showrooms play in the overall operation of the wholesale distribution business. The course includes an appendix with real-life scenarios to practice skills learned in the course.



    "ASA represents the interests of our industry and stays in touch with pending legislation that could impact us all. It's an opportunity to volunteer and give back to our industry. It's also an invaluable opportunity to network with key industry leaders." — Mark Whittington, Elkay Mfg. Co.

How Knowledgeable are Your Warehouse Employees on the Distribution Industry?
American Supply Association
Whether warehouse employees are new to the industry, being promoted, or just need some general knowledge of the Distribution Industry, the Warehouse Training Tracks are a huge benefit. ASA University's Warehouse Training Tracks include Warehouse Manager, Shipping-Receiving Supervisor, and Warehouse Staff. The Training Tracks show a clear training path for industry employees that includes: job descriptions, detailed behavior expectations, training opportunities directly mapped to these expected behaviors, and access to content and resources.
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InSinkErator Plans $65 Million Expansion into Kenosha
Milwaukee Business Journal
InSinkErator, a Racine division of Emerson Electric Co. that makes food waste disposers, will lease a 160,000-square-foot building in the Business Park of Kenosha, add 165 new jobs and retain 1,000 positions, the Milwaukee Business Journal has learned.
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F.W. Webb Expands into Pennsylvania
Industrial Distribution
F.W. Webb Company will be expanding into Pennsylvania with the opening of a branch in Allentown in May 2014. Pennsylvania will be the ninth state where F.W. Webb has a presence, joining the six New England states, New Jersey and New York.
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Beschloss: PVF Roundtable Reaches Record Attendance, with Inspiring Energy Outlook from Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering President
The Desert Sun
The quarter annual gathering of the pipe-valve-fitting industry's Houston-based network reached another record 500-plus attendance with a splendid upbeat energy outlook presented by T. J. Wojnar, President of Exxon Mobil's Research and Engineering Department. Also well received was my announcement of a Congressional resolution introduced by co-sponsor Congressman Paul Ruiz, D-Calif.
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Formalizing Your Veteran Hiring Program
By Catherine Iste
With the ever-increasing number of veterans in the workforce, formalized veteran hiring and retention programs have started showing up on the radar of defense, law enforcement and private organizations. Many law enforcement and defense organizations already hire veterans, but how do you formalize the process, and why should you? Like any project, it helps to have a vision of what you want, a few role models to follow and some concrete steps to take action. In this article, we will start at the top, by talking to the leader of an organization recognized for success in this area.
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