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September 1, 2016

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ASA Joins the California Recycled Water Law Steering Committee
American Supply Association
ASA’s Director of Codes & Standards, Hugo Aguilar, is now a member of the California AB 2282 Steering Committee. Some of the tasks of the Committee will be to conduct research in consultation with the State Water Resource Control Board, research potential indoor and outdoor applications for recycled water, consider whether to adopt recommended measures for in the California Plumbing Code, identify key areas of concern, and seek input from stakeholders with subject matter expertise in the design. The Committee will strive to seek consensus on all key issues pertaining to the development of a recycle water standard.
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Industry Legend Fred Keenan Passes Away at Age 101
American Supply Association
Fred Keenan passed away last Wednesday, Aug. 17 just two weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. Keenan gave a lifetime of service to the plumbing industry as well as his community. He served as president of the American Supply Association and our industry’s highest honor, the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award, bears his name and recognizes those individuals who have distinguished themselves by serving to build a better PHCP-PVF industry. Services for Keenan are scheduled for Thursday, September 8.
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A Strong U.S. Consumer Backs Mild, Consistent Growth
ASA Advisor©
Sales for ASA members were below the forecast range in June, according to the latest installment of the ASA Advisor© from ITR Economics™, which now includes a revision of its industry forecast. Sales in the 12 months through July rose 3.0 percent above the year-ago level. Expect sales to finish the year 5.7 percent above the 2015 level. Sales will reach record levels into 2019. The growth rate will be mild but relatively consistent. Growth in the U.S. economy will be backed by a strong consumer as employment and disposable personal income rise. ASA’s PHCP members should look for opportunities in home improvement construction and new home construction. Construction related to retail and restaurants will also provide some opportunities for sales in 2017. Log in to MY ASA to access the latest report.
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Still Time to Register for NETWORK2016
American Supply Association
The most anticipated industry event every year, NETWORK, brings together owners and decision makers from wholesaler-distributors, manufacturers, independent reps, and professional leaders in our industry to network, learn, and grow. Continuing to be THE event for the PHCP-PVF industry, NETWORK2016 has again packed the agenda to maximize your time, solidify existing relationships, and build new industry connections. It will surely have you leaving with more knowledge about the industry, innovative techniques, and most importantly your customers, vendors, and peers. So, if you have not attended NETWORK, you are surely missing out on THE industry event. Register now for NETWORK2016 on September 28-30 in New York City.
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Developing Positive Relationships at Work
It's no secret that the aim of every organization is to hire the best talent. But when it comes to success in the workplace, Ivy League degrees and decades of professional experience are of no use if individuals fail to develop and maintain healthy relationships. In other words, when the people in your organization can't work together and "play nice," business is bound to suffer. Developing Positive Relationships is the positive learning experience your organization needs to ensure that individuals unite around a common mission, value diversity, rise above personal slights, take responsibility, and cultivate an environment based on trust. LEARN MORE


"The training & benchmarking information ASA makes available is the primary reason we are active as ASA members. The networking opportunities and advocacy have become equally as important to me, our organization and the industry as a whole."Mike Plasier, Plumbing & Heating Wholesale, Inc.

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Finance Council Event: Advanced Controller and CFO Skills
American Supply Association
Join us as we hear an industry expert explain the critical skills that today's CFO's need to add value to their organization. This presentation will help you in determining how to become a powerful agent for positive change and coach for your team. Learn how to develop measurable missions and strategies and develop a tailored action suitable for your specific needs. The presenter will be Ronald Kral, CPA, CMA, CGMA, who is the managing partner of Candela Solutions, LLC, a public accounting firm with a national focus on governance, SEC compliance and internal auditing. The event will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 10, 2016. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
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Profitably & Confidently Seize The Future
American Supply Association

Learn why some of the greatest minds and most driven leaders throughout distribution attend UnleashWD. You’ll discover how this one-of-a-kind summit will become the foundation and catalyst for the innovation in your company. Do you want to turbo-charge change and innovation in your business? Then join us to learn how you can leverage the transformative two days of UnleashWD. REGISTER NOW

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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: A Heartfelt Farewell to My Legion of Readers

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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Employee Training is Worth the Investment
Staff training is essential for specific purposes related to your business. You may require new workers to undertake instruction in first aid, food handling or a new booking system. Incorporating training that develops employees toward long-term career goals can also promote greater job satisfaction. A more satisfied employee is likely to stay longer and be more productive while on your team.

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

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Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings

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BrassCraft’s Push Connect Products

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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