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Beschloss to Receive IPD Award of Excellence
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The Executive Council of ASA's Industrial Piping Division is pleased to announce that Morris R. Beschloss has been selected to receive the honor of the 2011 IPD Award of Excellence. The award will be presented during the Weldbend IPD Breakfast, to be held at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, as part of ASA's Annual Convention, NetworkASA 2011, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Beschloss is a well-known industry leader who has provided extensive guidance to members of the U.S. PVF industry for more than 50 years.

National Wholesale Firms ALL IN for NetworkASA 2011
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As of Wednesday, Aug. 24, there were 83 registered wholesale companies and counting for NetworkASA 2011, to be held Sept. 13-16 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. By comparison, a total of 63 wholesale firms attended last year's event in Chicago. This is a 33 percent increase over last year with still almost three weeks left until the event. Included on the expanded registration list are multiple representatives from all four national wholesale firms: Hajoca, HD Supply, Ferguson and WinWholesale. Because of our remarkable registration response, ASA's room block at the Bellagio is completely sold out. However, there is still time to reserve a room at the Bellagio at the regular room rate by clicking here and accessing the "Make a Reservation" link. If you have not yet registered for NetworkASA 2011, please click here for details.

NetworkASA 2011 Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments Filling Up Quickly
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As of press time, there were 36 vendors participating in the scheduled Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments for NetworkASA 2011, to be held on Thursday, Sept. 15. Manufacturers currently are utilizing Facetime Scheduler Software (ASA's appointment scheduling software) to set up meeting times with wholesalers. The software is designed to facilitate meeting requests and provide wholesalers with email notifications when appointments have been requested. Those making appointments are encouraged to take advantage of this convenient tool if they have not done so already. Software login information was distributed earlier this month by Ruth Mitchell, ASA Director of Meetings. Please contact Ruth with any questions at 312-464-0090, ext. 210, or at

If You Are in Business, Then You Are in Politics
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ASA PAC, or Political Action Committee, is pleased with the level of support we have received thus far for our upcoming event at NetworkASA 2011. With less than three weeks to go until ASA's annual convention, however, it is never too late to plan on giving back an hour of your time at the ASA PAC Fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5-6 p.m. in Room Donatello 1 at the Bellagio. As an association, the American Supply Association takes part in helping to elect members of the House and Senate who are supportive of things such as a less intrusive government and business-friendly policies. ASA PAC was established to be "The Voice" in Washington for the PHCP/PVF industry. In fact, it is the only political action committee that works to elect pro-PVF and PHCP candidates to the House and Senate who support many of your business-friendly goals. More

Hearing Conservation Programs — FREE Webinar Next Tuesday
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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. Next 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.

Treasury Yields Sink on Weak Manufacturing Report
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A pair of weak economic reports drove Treasury yields to record lows last week. The yield on the 10-year Treasury briefly dipped below 2 percent for the first time on record after a report from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve revealed a drop in manufacturing activity. The regional survey showed a steep fall in new orders, shipments and number of employees this month. The Fed survey followed news that more people joined the unemployment line recently than at any time in the past month. The two reports added to worries that the economy could slide into another recession. The reports sent stocks falling sharply and sent investors in search of a safer place for their money. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 419.63 points, or 3.7 percent, to 10,990.58. More

Outgoing Manufacturing Czar Fought to Keep a Faltering Chrysler Alive
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One of the great debates inside the Obama administration during the tumultuous 2009 auto rescue was whether the government should help Chrysler. The company was much weaker than General Motors, and many doubted it could survive. "It was about whether we were trying to save something that was beyond saving — was Chrysler in such a weakened state that, even if we provided it with aid, we could be back in the soup anyway," departing White House manufacturing czar Ron Bloom said in an interview. Bloom, who was in the thick of the administration's auto rescue in 2009, was one of the strongest advocates among President Barack Obama's advisers for extending a lifeline to Chrysler. More

At This Girls' Camp, Crafts Take a Drill Press
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Forget tie-dyed shirts, lanyards and water games. At summer camp this year, Nautika Kotero, 13, learned to use a drill press, solder electrical wires and build a lamp. Though the slim, 5-foot-5 teenager dreams of becoming a basketball star, Nautika now has a backup plan after her weeklong immersion course: a career in manufacturing. Just over a quarter of the 11.7 million workers in manufacturing are women. But Gadget Camp, a workshop for girls in this suburb west of Chicago, is part of an effort to change that. More

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