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ASA Operating Performance Report Now Accepting Participants
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Most companies today use ratio comparatives to discover strengths and weaknesses. These are only tools to measure performance, however, and not remedies to financial problems. It is the use to which you put these ratios that will determine their real value. In addition to the participation and cooperation on the part of the various managers who exercise control over their revenue or cost areas, the company's annual budget process should give considerable attention to setting company norms that are at least equal to those prevailing in the industry. These standards are found in the annual ASA Operating Performance Report.

Companies that participate in the ASA OPR receive details of survey results in primary business segments in all the PHCP and PVF industries. Participation is now open for the 2011 ASA OPR. Please contact Chris Murin at 312-464-0090, ext. 204, or at for more information. Click here to participate in the survey now.

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More Companies Finding Cost, Carbon Savings in Supply Chains    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More major companies are tracking their supply chain emissions, and many, along with their suppliers, also are saving money from reducing carbon. The Carbon Disclosure Project's latest supply chain report looks at what the 57 members of its supply chain program and 1,000 of their suppliers have been doing to integrate climate change into their businesses. The report, by consulting firm A.T. Kearney, looks at activities from 2010 and found that 86 percent of member companies worked with their suppliers on carbon-related activities, a jump from the 46 percent that collaborated with suppliers in 2009. More

Herbert V. Kohler to Host 2011 Spring Forum
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Herbert V. Kohler, chairman and CEO for Kohler Co., is scheduled to host the opening reception and dinner at ASA's 2011 Spring Forum, to be held May 23 to 25 at The Inn on Woodlake in Kohler, Wisc. In addition to the evening with Mr. Kohler, attendees will experience two days of strategic leadership training with Rick Johnson and several networking functions designed to bring together the next generation of leaders in the PHCP and PVF industry. The 2011 Spring Forum, produced by ASA's Young Executives division, is an outstanding opportunity to learn new concepts and skills, cultivate profitable relationships with channel partners from across the country, and enjoy the wonderful camaraderie for which ASA events are widely known. More

Government Affairs Committee Survey
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After the success of the ASA's Mid-Winter Board Meeting, volunteers and staff came away with renewed a sense of energy and purpose to advance ASA's goals. To be an effective advocate in Washington, D.C., requires both the inputs and outputs of ASA's membership, which is why the Government Affairs Committee is looking for member feedback. Earlier this week, ASA members should have received an e-mail with a link to a short five-question government affairs survey. Members who have not received the survey or would like more information on ASA's advocacy efforts can contact Dan Hilton at 703-328-5234 or

Advances in Latin America Wastewater Infrastructure
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Latin America recently has emerged as a new powerhouse for the use of wastewater treatment technology. The countries of Latin America were delayed in employing the new advances of the wastewater market because of other infrastructure priorities. However, growing populations and civic development has imparted a greater need for water treatment innovation than in the past. Vast areas of land are being deforested to build new communities for the ever-growing population. More

Merit Brass Joins ASA Supplier Partner Program
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ASA would like to announce that Merit Brass Company has joined as a Bronze Level participant in the ASA Supplier Partnership Program! Developed in 2010, the ASA Supplier Partnership was created as an alternative to a traditional sponsorship program. ASA Supplier Partnerships fund the association's year-round activities and programs to benefit ASA members and raise awareness among the industry at large. With this investment, organizations receive a greater return on their investments, as their support now is promoted throughout an entire calendar year and at all ASA-produced events. This cross-support in marketing and support dollars is viewed as a win-win for both the ASA Supplier Partner and ASA. Click here to find out more about the ASA Supplier Partnership Program.

Wrapping Up Old Business and Looking Ahead to New
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This week, Congress and President Barack Obama each took steps to map out their course for funding government operations. In the House, members are debating a bill to fund federal government programs for the remaining fiscal year. Traditionally, it is Congress' responsibility to pass annual funding measures for the next fiscal year prior to the start of that fiscal year (Oct. 1). Although not uncommon, failure to do so requires a stop-gap measure be passed into law that enables programs to continue operating. This is known as a Continuing Resolution, or CR. The current CR for fiscal year 2011 expires March 4, which is why the House has gotten under way to pass a long-term extension that will last until Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2011. Further up Pennsylvania Avenue this week, Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2012. The budget is the president's opportunity to highlight programs he will be championing, as well as those he may be targeting for reduction or elimination. More

ASA Hires Director of Marketing & Communications
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ASA is pleased to announce the hiring of Benjamin Stephens to serve as the association's full-time director of Marketing & Communications. Ben started his duties with ASA on Jan. 26. Ben will be responsible for building and managing the association's brand identity and for providing strategic direction and management of all marketing and communications efforts. He will assist the association's Executive Committee and Board of Directors in making recommendations and developing marketing strategies to effect awareness and the overall image of the association. More

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