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March 10, 2016

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You Don't Need to 'Go it Alone!'
American Supply Association
More than a dozen ASA Member Companies have already asked for help in driving their Talent Development initiatives. And your company could be next! The ASA-U Advisory Service provides critical direction and a partnership to walk with you on your path to success. Whether you’re looking to infuse greater levels of accountability within your organization, set up a defined career path for employees, upgrade your performance management process, or even establish a training program, the ASA-U Advisory Service can help.
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Answers to Your Questions about Compensation & Benefits
American Supply Association
This month, ASA and its independent regional affiliates continue to collect data for a comprehensive executive and employee compensation survey. This is the first time since 2014 that a report will be available for the PHCP and industrial PVF wholesale-distribution channel. The participation deadline is extended thru March 15. Wholesaler members will receive a copy of the final report in exchange for having completed the survey questionnaire - at no fee. LEARN MORE
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Karl E. Neupert Endowment Fund Helps ASA Education Foundation
Supply House Times
Last year, the ASA Education Foundation conducted a National Labor Study to fully identify the workforce challenges this industry will face over the next decade and beyond. The results are alarming. Today, there are about 200,000 people employed in the PHCP/PVF industry. Over the next 10 years, a staggering 25% of them will retire, and over the next 20 years, we’ll see half of the current workforce exiting this industry. Left unchecked, companies will face significant shortfalls in their workforce, hindering their ability to sustain current levels of operation and certainly their ability to expand.
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Supply House Times Premier 150 Survey
Supply House Times
Do you belong on the Premier 150 list of wholesaler distributors that do business in plumbing & hydronics, pipe/valves/fittings and/or heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration? Take our annual survey by March 16, 2016. We rank the top PHCP wholesaler distributors in the U.S. and Canada based on their total sales from the past year (but do not reveal sales of individual companies). We plan to review the Top 150 companies included in last year’s study and may drop some from the list that have not responded to the survey for a number of years. Take the survey.
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Training & HR: Maximizing the Impact of Your Training Efforts
ASA knows that the individuals of our member companies wear many hats, including Human Resources. Join us as we present best practices and data that may assist you and your organization to set your training initiative up for success and a more impactful result. This webinar is targeted for both trainers and managers and will be presented on Tuesday, March 22 at 10:00am Central. REGISTER NOW

Lockout/Tagout: Learn from the PROS
The two leading companies in the lockout safety products industry agree on one thing – the risk of death and serious injuries that your personnel face as a result of a sudden, unexpected startup of machinery are PREVENTABLE. Lockout keeps your equipment operators and maintenance personnel protected when they need to complete the servicing and repair jobs you’ve asked them to perform. Join your industry peers on Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00pm Central and Thursday, April 7 at 1:00pm Central and learn about OSHA standards and proper procedures for Lockout/Tagout. REGISTER NOW

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BrassCraft’s Push Connect products allow you to connect appliances and fixtures with ease and confidence. Compatible with PEX, copper and CPVC, BrassCraft’s technology requires no special tools, soldering or gluing for a watertight seal.

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*NEW* ASA University Course
The 3D Commercial Schematic© - Plumbing Systems online training program contains five interactive lessons and quizzes that focus on the water supply, carriers and drainage, fixtures, faucets, and trim, appliances, and appurtenances in a plumbing system in a typical hospital. Water movement and other important features are animated in a typical commercial setting to help students visualize how water flows through a plumbing system. LEARN MORE


"Having grown up in this industry, I enjoy supporting the future of it. Networking within ASA and utilizing all of its resources is invaluable to not only my company, but myself as an industry professional as well."Jeff Worly, Worly Plumbing Supply, Inc.

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Take Career Days Head-On
American Supply Association
ASA has all of the resources that you need to effectively attend a Career Fair and recruit the next generation of employees. Take advantage of ASA’s Career Day Kit, which contains all of the materials you will need and are available to members at no cost.

This includes industry specific brochures, a pop-up banner, a how-to-guide for career fairs, and giveaways. These tools will make your career fair booth stand out as well as arm you with the materials and information to get the most out of your career fairs. ASA is currently searching for upcoming career fairs in your area, but don’t wait for us! Contact your local high schools, community and technical colleges, and military bases for their upcoming fair information.

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Industry Women Connect in Chicago
American Supply Association
The ASA Women in Industry Division (WII) is focused on empowering women and providing them with the opportunity to connect – through education, information and engagement. The ASA Women in Industry Spring Conference will provide you with strong educational sessions. Hear from some very accomplished and powerful women who will offer their insight and vision to help boost participant confidence and ability to succeed. Whether you are a seasoned veteran already making your mark in this diverse industry or just getting started, we urge you to join us in Chicago, April 27-29, for this very exciting program.
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: What Leadership Approach is Best for US Economy? (The Desert Sun)

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

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Why is Training and Developing Employees Important?
The current business environment is constantly changing, so it is crucial that organizations train and develop their employees to stay ahead of the competition. However, many organizations have failed to recognize the number of benefits that exceeds the costs associated with having untrained and underdeveloped employees.

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

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