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Kohler Co. Partners with ASA Young Execs
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An important priority for any successful business as well as for the industry is to identify and connect the people who represent the next generation of leadership. ASA's Young Executives Division is focused on developing the necessary skills and cultivating key relationships that are critical for the next generation of leadership to succeed in the industry. "Over the past four years, we have redefined the annual Spring Forum program and made the Young Executives into the fastest growing segment of membership in ASA," said Dennis Crump, Chairman of ASA's Young Execs. Instrumental to this success has been the generous support from supplier partners, including Kohler Co. for this year's event held in May. More

NetworkASA 2011 Early-Bird Registration Reminder
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Attendees save $100 if they register for NetworkASA 2011 before the early-bird registration deadline of June 15. ASA's annual convention, NetworkASA, will take place Sept. 13-16 at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. The theme for this year's event is ALL IN – Cashing In on the Recovery. In addition to a strong focus on attendee networking opportunities, NetworkASA 2011 is designed to keep the attendee "ahead of the curve" when it comes to future trends and timely educational content. Complete program details, a schedule of events and online event registration can be accessed at Watch for next week's ASA Insights for more details on Weldbend IPD Breakfast speaker and Kiss co-founder and multimedia magnate Gene Simmons. More

I.V. Introduces New Butterfly and Ball Valve

Industrial Valco, long known for representing the top manufacturers of industrial valves and fittings has now expanded its product offering to include its own brand of "IV" valves. In the tradition of "only the best" the "IV" butterfly valve comes standard with D/I body & 316SS disc, free of external pins.

OPR Participation Deadline Extended Until June 17
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If your company has not already participated in the 2011 Operating Performance Report, then the next two weeks is the last chance to do so as the deadline is extended until June 17. Already, nearly 100 separate wholesaler-distributors from across the country and throughout the different industry segments have contributed their data for an early glimpse at their respective performance. There is simply no source other than ASA's OPR that provides the most complete, accurate and up-to-date comparative financial performance information for and about PHCP and PVF wholesalers designed to serve as a customized, easy-to-understand and actionable tool for you to evaluate your company's operating results, identify profit leaks and measure productivity. Click here for the survey instrument.

ASA Supports Jobs Protection Act
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Stung by big losses at the polls and a return to divided government, labor groups have turned to their allies in the Executive Branch to advance their agenda and pressure employers across the country to meet their demands. On the heels of recent maneuvering into private sector business decisions, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace has come out in strong support of legislation protecting job creators from an aggressive National Labor Relations Board. Introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the Job Protection Act (S. 964), is intended to preserve federal law's existing protections of state right-to-work laws. States like Tennessee and South Carolina have benefited from their right-to-work laws by attracting manufacturers like General Motors, BMW and now Boeing. Like a well-run business, each state must compete with one another to attract employers, and by providing an environment of lower taxes and fewer regulatory roadblocks, employers are finding right-to-work states to be an inviting opportunity for entrepreneurial Americans. Click here to see the Coalition's letter of support.

EPA Issues Update: Water Coalition, WaterSense® Continue to Progress
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As founding stakeholders in the Water Coalition, ASA continues to advocate for common sense legislation promoting water efficiency and conservation. In years past, the coalition had pursued a path that would provide for incentives through the tax code for use of such products, but has not been successful thus far. Nevertheless, as with most pieces of legislation, it is commonplace to have to reintroduce a bill that failed to pass during the previous Congress. In the 112th Congress, the Water Coalition seeks an authorization of WaterSense® rather than pursuing advantages through the tax code, which has proven to be a significant challenge. As this information highlights, WaterSense® is an existing program within the Environmental Protection Agency created by the Executive Branch. What it lacks, however, is statutory authorization by Congress giving it true force of law. The Water Coalition urges Congress to authorize establishment of the WaterSense® program within the EPA to identify and promote voluntary approaches to increase water efficiency in the United States. To see ASA's position on WaterSense®, please click here.

Manufacturing Sector Expects Continued Growth
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A new economic forecast from the Tempe, Ariz.-based Institute for Supply Management predicts continued economic growth in the U.S. for the remainder of 2011. The ISM surveyed purchasing and supply executives in its spring 2011 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2011 have improved in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. More

Copper Thieves Shut Down Fort Worth, Texas, Nonprofit
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Copper thieves forced the two-day shutdown of a nonprofit organization aimed at helping children in need. The Fortress Youth Development Center, which runs a preschool and after-school program for children living in near southeast Fort Worth, Texas, had to shut down its programs for two days after thieves, over the weekend, damaged their electric meter to steal copper, leaving their facility on Stella Street without electricity. Stacy Kocur said the organization paid $2,800 for a new electric meter and to replace the stolen copper. More

Sustainability in the Supply Chain: It's More Than Just 'Being Green'
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In today's business environment, companies are being held accountable to a growing list of stakeholders who assess company performance against a variety of criteria, from financial and operational performance to labor practices and environmental issues. The pressure for greater transparency in all areas of performance is increasing — not only for consumer-facing companies, but for all business entities throughout the supply chain — including manufacturers who are several steps removed from the ultimate consumer. To be effective, a supplier risk-assessment program must address sustainability issues in the broadest sense, assessing vendors' financial and economic viability as well as social responsibility and environmental sustainability. More

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