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ASA Home   Membership   Education   Advocacy   Networking   Benchmarking Oct. 28, 2010
NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE a Hit With Attendees
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With more than 30 percent of the attendees responding, the evaluation for NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE tells ASA that the meeting was a huge success. Eighty-eight percent of those responding rated the value of the meeting for their company as good to excellent. Of the nine seminars presented, the average rating of each was good or better, with five averaging a near-perfect score. The comments praised the speakers, the economic information presented, and the networking opportunities at the vendor and wholesaler conference booth sessions. Seventy-five percent of respondents plan to attend NetworkASA 2011, Sept. 13 to 16, in Las Vegas. Mark your calendars now, and take a look at some of this year's highlights. More

Industry Loses Brian Pitt, Respected Copper and Brass Expert
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Brian Douglas Pitt, 67, died unexpectedly Oct. 20 at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. Brian was born Aug. 9, 1943, in New Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and spent well over 50 years in the copper and brass industry. Brian worked for many years at Masters Supply in Louisville, Cerro Copper and Mueller Industries. In 2003, Brian continued his legacy by forming Bridon Metal Products and continued to impart his immense knowledge. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a future date. More

Mastering the Shared Destiny of the Modern Supply Web
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The weakest link in a chain determines its reliability and performance. Supply chain technologies only recently have started to focus on strengthening point-to-point connections, viewing the world as a straight line between raw material and final consumer. This linear view ignores the new reality of the supply web, a much more complex three-dimensional network of partners, customers and suppliers that requires the same point-to-point excellence of execution as the supply chain but has the added advantage of flexibility and transparency. Nothing embodies today's interconnected 24/7 world as well as the modern supply web. More

Canplas Stainless Steel WC flange Repair Ring

The Endura Stainless Steel Repair Ring securely replaces your broken plastic or metal closet flange ring without having to cut pipe. The patented one-piece design locks your existing flange in place, and the 304 grade Stainless Steel will remain rust free for life.

ASA Member Porter Pipe Hosts Congressman Peter Roskam
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ASA member Porter Pipe (Addison, Ill.) hosted U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., at a breakfast to discuss issues facing the PHCP and PVF industry. During an informal 60-minute breakfast meeting Oct. 21, Bud Porter and several contractor customers of Porter Pipe questioned the congressman on the issues that they are facing with regard to demand for construction, tax burdens, health care reform uncertainty and the lack of availability of capital. The congressman reviewed several solutions that Republicans want to introduce if they gain control of the U.S House of Representatives. "Unfortunately, even with large expected gains in the House, the Senate may remain under Democrat control. ... We could be in for two years of stagnation in Washington," Roskam said. Use ASA's Congressional Visit Program to discover the benefits of hosting your congressional representatives. More

Is the US Government Sending Jobs Overseas?
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With unemployment in some states nearing record highs, it's not hard to see why the trend of companies sending jobs overseas has become a hot issue on both sides of the aisle. The lingering high unemployment rate is arguably the biggest problem facing the Obama administration, and political pundits have argued it will be the single largest factor in the upcoming midterm elections and a threat to Democratic seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives. As the country struggles with its huge jobless rate, overseas outsourcing is growing. Business consultants such as Everest Research Institute predict a huge increase in offshoring as companies recover from the recession. More

New Member Spotlight on Wallington Plumbing & Heating Supply
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ASA welcomes Wallington Plumbing & Heating Supply, headquartered in Wallington, N.J., as one of its new members in 2010. Founded in 1980, the company's goal has been to provide superior service to its customers throughout the New York metropolitan area. Today, Wallington Plumbing & Heating Supply has grown to include four locations, including a commercial pump division, and it is a master distributor for Delta Faucet, T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Chicago Faucet, Sloan Valve and InSinkErator. More

Smartphone Apps Enabling Smarter Decision-Making
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Even by the rapid-fire standards of the technology industry, the evolution of smartphones has occurred at a dizzying pace. Their adoption within manufacturing facilities has created a groundswell of applications from more than a dozen vendors that cater to plant managers and executives. These apps have attempted to provide real-time data to leverage smarter decision-making. But in most of these cases, the key data accessed has been limited to enterprise data or else required the launching of a browser to reach full accessibility. More

Registration Now Open for 2011 University of Industrial Distribution
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The 2011 University of Industrial Distribution, held March 7 to 10 in Indianapolis, is a four-day institute that offers superb concentrated learning and excellent peer-to-peer networking. With distribution-specific seminars covering sales, finance, management, leadership, personnel productivity and more presented by recognized experts in the field of wholesale distribution, UID has become this industry's most popular training resource. The program provides an excellent opportunity to align the development plans for your management and management candidates with excellent learning opportunities. There is limited enrollment and space fills quickly, so register today! More

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