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Giuffre to Receive Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award
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The ASA Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Nick Giuffre, President and CEO of Bradford White Corporation, has been selected to receive the honor of the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor will be presented during the ASA Annual Meeting & Member Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the ASA's Annual Convention, NetworkASA 2011, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Margins Are Squeezed as ASA Members Continue Strong Revenues in July
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Third quarter 2011 has begun with a bang for American Supply Association members with a very strong 11.5 percent increase in July 2011 per day revenues as compared to the same month in 2010; up 15.2 percent as compared to 2009; but still down 9.2 percent as compared to 2008. The plumbing, heating and pipe, valve and fitting distributors are up 8.2 percent YTD and 7.8 percent on a rolling 12-month basis. These revenue growths are strong throughout the country geographically. The Texas market is leading the country overall with an average YTD growth of 14.1 percent. The industrial PVF sector also remained strong during July, producing almost twice the growth rate as the PHCP-exclusive distributor. More

Unelected Bureaucrats Continue to Impede Economic Growth
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As Congress spends August reconnecting back home, operations in the Executive Branch continue at full strength. As our economy continues to ebb and flow, amid what many fear is a looming double-dip recession, the Department of Labor continues its attack on industry and the business community. At the center of this battle has been a decision by aerospace giant Boeing to bring new jobs to South Carolina — faced with strong headwinds from an aggressive National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB continually has challenged this decision, instituting numerous legal roadblocks that ASA has assisted in opposing. More

Hearing Conservation Program Development: FREE Webinar Aug. 30
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Each year, approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Noise-related hearing loss has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the United States for more than 25 years. An effective hearing conservation program can prevent hearing loss, improve employee morale and a general feeling of well-being, increase quality of production and reduce the incidence of stress-related disease. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, please join us for a review of the key components of effective hearing conservation programs and the regulatory requirements behind them. This will be a FREE one-hour interactive webinar with Dr. Timothy Rink, CEO of HTI Inc., a comprehensive provider of mobile, on-site audiometric testing, reporting, and record-keeping services to businesses and governmental agencies throughout the U.S. Click here for more information and to register online now.

'Don't Leave Profit on the Table' Webinar Replay Available
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The presentation and slides from ASA's free webinar, Don't Leave Profit on the Table: Using the ASA OPR, are now available for replay online. Last week, Tom Noon with Industry Insights Inc. reviewed the highlights from this year's study, including a variety of key performance measures relative to industry profit leaders, and shared his conclusions from different case analyses. If you want to understand your company's operating strengths and weaknesses, and identify opportunities for operational improvement, ASA's Operating Performance Report is an easy-to-understand and actionable tool with the most complete, accurate and up-to-date comparative financial performance information available for the PHCP and PVF industry. Click here to learn more about the OPR, replay the webinar and download the presentation slides. Contact Chris Murin at 312-464-0090, ext. 204, or for more information about any of benchmarking available in ASA's suite of intelligence reports.

'Smart Manufacturing' Points Way to Jobs
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In the next few years, we may well witness a renaissance in American manufacturing, thanks to a new federally funded program called the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. AMP's goals are to create thousands, if not millions, of high-quality jobs and to enhance the global competitiveness of American manufacturers. Some of the brightest minds working in American industry, universities and government are spearheading this ambitious $500 million program. Smart manufacturing is the road map AMP will use to get America there. New jobs are needed to replace the millions that have left the U.S. over the past two decades; innovative technologies and lean manufacturing principles can satisfy this pressing need. More

Can Just a Little More Lean Revive US Manufacturing?
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To revive U.S. manufacturing, do more companies here simply need to get lean? Yes, says Jose Cordova, a longtime 3M manufacturing engineer now who now runs his own small manufacturing firm,Valencia Flour Mill, in New Mexico as well as consulting for other manufacturers, writing on More

Software 'Proves' It's Not Cheaper to Manufacture in China Rather Than in US
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Harry Moser, former chairman emeritus at Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Agie Charmilles LLC, is stumping the country to argue that it's profitable for manufacturers to stay in the U.S. And he has an invention that he says will prove his point. The crux of Moser's argument is that if U.S. manufacturers take into consideration the "total cost of ownership" for products made in China but destined to be sold in America — transportation costs, reject rates, foreign wage inflation, potential intellectual-property theft and other factors — the United States compares favorably with China and other so-called low-cost countries. More

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