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December 7, 2017

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ASA's Emerging Leaders Division Continues Momentum
American Supply Association
ASA's Emerging Leaders Division cultivates the best of today's middle and upper managers (generally, ages 45 and under) into tomorrow's most complete business leaders in the industry. Registration is now open for the Emerging Leaders (formerly Young Executives) Spring Forum. This meeting brings the industry’s best and brightest together to discuss the future and their roles. This year’s program was built in response to the needs of attendees as well as the feedback from owners and principals. Register to attend this exceptional meeting in Jersey City, May 21-23.
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ASA Voice Will Drive Improvements to Plumbing and Mechanical Codes
American Supply Association
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is seeking volunteers to participate on two technical committees working toward the development of the 2021 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 1, 2018. Jim Kendzel, ASA Director, Codes and Standards, has submitted his name for consideration to serve as a voting member on all three IAPMO Committees as a representative of the ASA membership. If you have an interest in also serving on either of the technical committees you should consider applying or getting involved in the ASA Working Groups being formed.
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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

Proud Partners Propel Growth for PHCP Wholesalers
American Supply Association
ASA continues to take steps to sustain six, consecutive years of membership growth and further solidify its partnership with industry buying groups, including Equity Plumbing Group. This week, staff participated in the Member-Vendor One-on-One Meetings at Equity Plumbing Group’s 2017 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. "ASA continues to enjoy a growing partnership with Equity Plumbing Group, and once again, this meeting is an outstanding opportunity for us to showcase the association's accomplishments, programs, services and resources to more than 200 wholesalers and suppliers," said Chris Murin, ASA's Executive Director.
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Weakening Consumer Trends Support Expectation for Slowdown in 2019
ASA Advisor©
After eight years of steady economic expansion, analysts with ITR Economics are starting to see signs that consumers will not be able to keep the gravy train rolling forever. Signs of weakness are exemplified by observing three sets of data over the past 24 months: Personal Loan and Credit Card Delinquency Rates, U.S. Personal Savings and Disposable Personal Income. Log in to MY ASA to access ASA’s latest macroeconomic forecast report for the PHCP-PVF industry.
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Get Ready For Success
American Supply Association
ASA University has leadership training to build your career. Put your determination to the test. The Master of Distribution Management certification is a 5-phase program to advance your skill-set and position you for leadership. The MDM Certification Program is comprised of comprehensive, multi-format education and training to help you advance your ability and take your career to the next step. LEARN MORE
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Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights and ITR Economics to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance as well as how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month - the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the November report is December 12th. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.
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Trenton Pipe Nipple Company, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of stainless steel flanges to our product offering. Trenton Pipe now stocks high quality forged stainless-steel flanges in class 150 - 300 in accordance to ANSI B16.5 grades 304 and 316, the size ranges from ½” to 8”.


Creative Problem Solving
Creative Problem Solving demonstrates to participants how to integrate creativity with analytic thinking for effective problem solving, and to develop critical thinking skills. Creative problem solving is a valuable skill for today's fast-changing world. The concept of "innovation" and how it relates to the bottom line will also be emphasized. An innovative mindset not only identifies and evaluates great ideas for the marketplace; it also focuses on solving customer problems. LEARN MORE
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Model 4992 Close Quarters Cutter
Meet our New Model 4992 Standard features:
• Cuts ¼” – 2-3/8” non-ferrous tube and plastic pipe and tube
• Cuts thin wall material like traps and tail pieces with no distortion
• Great for under vanities, close to walls, waste and overflows
• Eliminates sawing which can loosen joints
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Power Your Potential
American Supply Association
Attend ASA Women in Industry's 5th Annual Spring Conference in Savannah, GA from April 25th - 27th, 2018 to make industry connections, enhance current relationships, and learn tips for success.
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American Supply Association
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