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ASA Home   Membership   Education   Advocacy   Networking   Benchmarking Oct. 7, 2010
Moen and Sloan Valve become ASA Supplier Partners
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ASA is pleased to announce that industry stalwarts Moen and Sloan Valve have selected to support the association through an ASA Supplier Partnership, both at the bronze level. "These ASA Supplier Partnerships provide the association additional support to build on the events we offer throughout the year, important programs that support our members' interests, and activities that highlight NetworkASA, our annual convention," shares Mike Adelizzi, ASA's executive vice president. "On the other side of the equation, the yearlong nature of the partnership provides Moen and Sloan Valve an extensive amount of visibility through a variety of media and events. It also makes a significant statement about both companies' dedication to supporting the industry and its national association. ASA is honored these premier manufacturers have chosen to deepen the commitment they've always shown to ASA and partner with us in this way." Moen is dedicated to designing and delivering beautiful products that last a lifetime — all over the world. Driven by perfection, Moen's philosophy embraces innovation, reliability and exceptional service for all customers and consumers. Producing reliable commercial plumbing products, Sloan provides dependable bathroom supplies like flush valves, flushometers, faucets and more. A leader in the field, Sloan believes that doing better starts with doing it right. More

ASA Strengthens Partnership with Affiliated Distributors
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Ethan Flowers of Texas Plumbing Supply in Houston speaks with ASA's Chris Murin.
This week, ASA took another step in solidifying its partnership with Affiliated Distributors to advance advocacy, benchmarking, education and networking for the PHCP and PVF industry. Mike Adelizzi, Amy Black and Chris Murin participated in the conference appointment sessions at A-D's 2010 PHCP North American Meeting in Dallas, and Pat Adams from MKS Pipe & Valve and chairman of ASA's Industrial Piping Division and Gary Bosley from Erb Company made brief presentations at two breakfast meetings. "ASA's partnerships with the industry buying groups have definitely worked to strengthen the organization's value proposition," Adelizzi said. Black added, "This meeting has been a great opportunity to speak directly with wholesalers to better understand their specific training needs and show them how ASA University can help to meet those needs."

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Manufacturers, Logistics Execs Recognize 'Black Holes' in IT Hinder Supply Chains, Move Cautiously to Invest
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Because manufacturing and logistics executives remain cautious about the economy, they plan to invest in "smart network" capabilities that include more collaborative risk sharing, supply chain synchronization and secure, compliant B2B commercial interactions. So says a survey released by Sterling Commerce at the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. "Manufacturers know they need to be faster to new markets, to innovate with new products and to deliver on order commitments, but they also have to have very lean, agile supply chains," said Richard Douglass, global manufacturing and logistics industry executive at Sterling Commerce. More

ASA Wholesalers Report After-Tax Return on Net Worth is 2.3 Percent
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After-tax return on net worth as reported among all wholesaler firms survey in ASA's 2010 Operating Performance Report is 2.3 percent in 2009, having been 6.3 percent in 2001 to 6.7 percent in 2002, 8.7 percent in 2003, 13 percent percent in 2004, 16.3 percent in 2005, 15.5 percent in 2006, 10.3 percent in 2007 and 7.8 percent in 2008. This year's report reflects data reported from 172 different firms, which represents one of the largest databases of respondents among any wholesale-distribution channel. More

Manufacturing: ISM Index Dips Down in September
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The Institute of Supply Management reported that manufacturing activity in September was down compared to August. The index the ISM uses to measure the manufacturing sector, or PMI, was 54.4 percent in September, which is down 1.9 percent from a 56.3 reading in August. Any reading that is 50 or better represents economic growth. September represents the 14th consecutive month that the PMI is more than 50, coupled with the overall economy on a growth track for 17 straight months. More

What's New in ASAU Online
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The ASA Education Foundation's new online training offerings continue to grow as courses are added monthly to ASAU Online, the online platform delivering quick and highly interactive training modules to the industry. These courses provide valuable information along with engaging exercises, learning games and a final review. Two new certificate courses have been added to the extensive course listing of more than 35 courses (more than 90 learning modules) found in ASAU Online. More

7 Ways to Communicate Your Commitment to Sustainability
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You don't need to have a big company to embrace sustainability. Smart and committed small businesses are adopting sustainability practices, too. They are incorporating recycled goods in their manufacturing supply chains. They are requiring their transportation fleets to be more efficient. They are reducing their energy consumption in day to day operations. Incorporating sustainability into your business is an important step. But it is equally important to communicate your commitment internally among your team, and externally to business partners, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. More

Educational Seminars Highlight of NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE
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There is so much to do during NetworkASA 2010 that we want to make sure that in addition to attending the big, fun events, you participate in the valuable educational sessions as well. There is a team of speakers that will address topics and provide insight into a myriad issues that will affect your bottom line. In How To Thrive in the PVF Industry, Michael Halloran will provide an analysis of end-users markets for the industrial PFV segments. Joan Woodward, from Travelers, will speak to specifics on how key decisions being made in Washington, D.C. — and during the mid-term elections — will affect your business today and in the future. ASA favorite Don McNeeley has an Industry Outlook for the entire PHCP and PVF channel of distribution, and take part in the interactive Meet the Pros session on Wednesday to hear what seasoned pros have to say about the hottest industry topics and get answers on how to make your company THRIVE! See you in Chicago! More

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