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ASA Industrial Piping Division Honors Donald R. McNeeley with the IPD Award of Excellence
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The Executive Council of ASA's Industrial Piping Division is pleased to announce Donald R. McNeeley, president and chief operating officer of Chicago Tube & Iron Corporation, has been selected to receive the IPD Award of Excellence. In choosing McNeeley, Pat Adams, chairman of the Industrial Piping Division and president of MKS Pipe & Valve Co., states, "Dr. Don McNeeley has demonstrated with great enthusiasm what tireless commitment to an industry is all about. His support in education and willingness to share his knowledge has been instrumental in raising the bar on awareness of the industrial and commercial piping markets makes him an excellent role model for all who are in the industry." The award will be presented during the Weldbend IPD Breakfast on Oct. 14 at NetworkASA2010: THRIVE in Chicago. More

Senate GOP Blocks Bill that Would Promote Less Outsourcing
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Senate Republicans on Sept. 28 blocked a Democratic plan to encourage companies to bring jobs back from overseas, as a united GOP caucus voted against a motion to debate the measure on the Senate floor. The motion failed 53 to 45. The legislation would have raised taxes on corporations that shift operations overseas, costing U.S. jobs. It also would have awarded companies that bring jobs back from abroad by offering a two-year hiatus from payroll taxes for those positions. More

These Pros will be at NetworkASA2010: THRIVE!
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ASA's Young Executives Division is pleased to announce the moderators for the popular Meet the Pros roundtable discussions that will take place in the afternoon Oct. 13 at NetworkASA2010: THRIVE. "The YEs are really pleased that this year's crop of pros and timely topics lives up to the reputation this session has earned over the years," said Dennis Crump, of National Wholesale Supply in Dallas and chairman of ASA's YE Division. "These roundtable discussions always do a great job connecting seasoned and newer professionals alike with widely recognized industry veterans. They willingly share their unique experiences and best practices about different issues and concerns that all of us in the industry are facing or will face at one time or another. I'd encourage everyone attending NetworkASA this year to roll up their sleeves and be part of these conversations." More

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Brazil Quickly Becoming a Player in the Global Economy
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For a glimpse of booming Brazil's international aspirations, look no further than a 2-year-old, high-tech denim factory in one of Argentina's poorest provinces. The plant's owners, the Delfino family, launched their Santana textiles business in Brazil in 1963 with a line of hammocks. Content at first to expand at home, they retooled along the way, manufacturing denim for the lucrative jeans market and opening four factories in Brazil. Then in 2008, Santana's chief executive, Raimundo Delfino Filho, set his sights abroad, opening the plant in this town in Argentina's far north Chaco province. Now the firm is building a larger factory in south Texas. More

How to Measure the Success of Your Website
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How will you know if your website is a success? Gone are the days when a marketer can rely on subjective measures, gut feel or esoteric statistics like "hits." To be successful with online marketing, you need to be able to accurately measure the bottom-line impact your website, search engine marketing, e-mail marketing and social media campaigns are having on your business. But how do you do it? More

NetworkASA Distributors — Have You Planned Your Week Yet?
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NetworkASA is right around the corner, and ASA is putting the final touches on the event. Have you? You've egistered, made your hotel reservation and looked at the program, but a little pre-planning will bring you a higher return on investment. Distributors, please take the time to meet with the vendors participating in the Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments on Oct. 13. Vendors participating actively have been calling attendees — please answer those calls and schedule a meeting time! To review a list of participating manufacturers and see other networking opportunities, read on. More

John Westerveld: Going Green Shouldn't Make You See Red
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I saw an article in IndustryWeek the other day stating that according to the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, the proposed reduction in ozone emissions would harm U.S. manufacturers. The report cites costs in the trillions and job losses in the millions. This really got me annoyed. Why does it seem that every time there is a concerted effort to make improvements, there is always some group pushing back, trying to keep things the way they are? Now don't get me wrong; I’m very sympathetic to the plight of the North American manufacturer. As a person who started his career in manufacturing and now works for a software company that sells solutions specifically for the manufacturing industry, I want to see manufacturing in North America thrive. More

Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© Workshops in Northeast Rescheduled for February
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The ASA Education Foundation has rescheduled three Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© workshops in its 2011 lineup of educational programs. In collaboration with ASA regional affiliate Wholesalers Association of the North East, these full-day workshops now will be offered in Philadelphia on Feb. 22, Syracuse, N.Y., on Feb. 23, and Westborough (Boston) on Feb. 24. More


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