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December 14, 2017

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Key Workforce Champion Introduces Bill Improving Apprenticeship Programs
American Supply Association
Last week, House Education and Workforce Chair Virginia Foxx introduced the PROSPER Act (Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform), to dramatically change the federal student aid program and make other substantial changes that will encourage students to follow career pathways to real jobs with the ultimate goal of less debt. The proposed apprenticeship program will be administered by the Department of Education and follows a public-private partnership model that aims to align with in-demand jobs and address the looming skills gap. According to the bill sponsors, a business can administer and supervise the program. Funds can be used for equipment and learning materials, a wage subsidy for the student, industry specific programming, as well as exams and fees associated with certifications needed to achieve an industry recognized credential among other features. ASA will be advocating in support of its passage, see our letter of support here.
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Copper Prices to Continue Upward Trend
ASA Materials Market Digest©
Copper prices will continue on an upward trend this year and next, according to a Metal Bulletin Research analyst speaking at the American Copper Council (ACC) meeting in Dallas in mid-November. He attributed recent declines to profit-taking but believes the market will be spurred on by solid demand from growing economies and the global copper deficit. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA's Materials Market Digest©.
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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

ASA Supports Development of Global Water Efficiency Standard
American Supply Association
ASA submitted a letter of support for a proposed new project to develop an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for water efficient products. We are proud that through the commitment of our ASA manufacturer members, that produce water efficient products and have those products listed to the EPA WaterSense program, and our distributor and manufacturer representative members who sell those products the US has have significantly saved over 2 trillion gallons of water since 2006! In addition, ASA in joining the Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition (PILC) in supporting the proposed ISO project. The next step in the process is for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the US representative to ISO, to submit a vote on the project. It is our sincere hope that with the support of ASA and PILC, the project will move forward.
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Power Your Potential — Women in Industry 2018 Spring Conference Registration is Open
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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The MDM Certification Program is Tailor-Made For You
American Supply Association
Don't take our word for it. Here is what Joe Ward of Pipe Valves, Inc. and Larry Davis of Hirsch Pipe & Supply, MDM graduates, had to say about the MDM Program: WATCH VIDEO.
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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”.

How to Attract Only the Best Job Candidates
Need workers but not looking forward to combing through resumes from applicants who clearly didn’t read the job description? In a best-case scenario, an employer will recruit a talent pool of the most qualified candidates with a high aptitude and passion for the work.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.

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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
• Check out these enhancements!!
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Top 10 ASA University Courses of 2017
American Supply Association
This holiday season, give the gift of development to yourself, your employees, or your team and move into 2018 with a leg up on your competition. Whether you choose to develop yourself, your team, or your entire organization, ASA University can help you take your career, your team, and your company to the next level. Try one or all of our top 10 ASA-U Courses of 2017!
  1. Introduction to Pipe, Valves, and Fittings©
  2. Essentials of Superb Service in Distribution©
  3. Introduction to Copper Tube, Plastic Pipe, and Fittings©
  4. Introduction to Steel, Stainless Steel, Iron Pipe, and Fittings©
  5. Fixtures and Faucets©
  6. Essentials of Profitable Wholesale Distribution©
  7. Overview of Wholesale Distribution©
  8. Domestic Water Heaters©
  9. Developing Positive Relationships at Work
  10. Team Excellence

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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: What has Accelerated Women into Top Leadership Roles?

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to The Beschloss Perspective for a full archive of past articles.

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