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October 08, 2015

 
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Is Your Company Training Hitting the Mark?
American Supply Association
Sometimes, organizations do “training” just for the sake of doing training. It makes managers feel good that they are spending money to make their employees better. But does it have that desired impact OR are their employees rolling their eyes at a wasteful activity? ASA-U has many courses available to its members, but not all courses are applicable to all employees. With a little up-front work, ASA-U Advisory Service can help your organization customize the right learning content for the right audience in your organization. This unique service has already assisted members to get the most out of their training spend. Managers are trained to use straight-forward tools that assist them in tailoring course offerings to their employees. To learn more, click HERE.
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4000 Strong & Growing
American Supply Association
Doug Dillon (ASA) speaks with ASA member, Commercial Pipe & Supply, about some new and exciting things happening with ASA University.
Since 2011, ASA’s overall membership among all channel partners has grown 48.5% with the number of wholesaler-distributor members having increased by 13.5%. Today, ASA is proud to represent 319 PHCP-PVF wholesalers with 4,000 locations across the U.S. ASA continues to take steps to sustain this growth and further solidify its partnership with industry buying groups, including Affiliated Distributors. This week, staff participated in the conference appointment sessions at AD’s 2015 PHCP North American Meeting in Las Vegas for face-to-face meetings with members and new member prospects alike. "ASA enjoys a great partnership AD, and this meeting is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the association's accomplishments and new initiatives to more than 250 wholesalers and suppliers in just a few days," said Michael Adelizzi, ASA's Executive Vice President.

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Long-Term View: Slower Growth, Robust Economic Activity & Ongoing Strength
ASA Advisor
The annual ASA Member Sales Index rose 4.2% over the past year (12MMA basis). Sales are trending toward the lower bound of the forecast range, but a revision to the forecast from ITR Economics is not necessary at this time. Sales are expected to finish 2015 as a whole 3.6% above last year (the lower bound of our range), followed by gains of 5.7% in 2016 and 4.8% in 2017. There is substantial downside risk to the forecast given the negativity present across the various regions. In the aggregate, ITR expects the Index to rise at a milder pace over the next two quarters, but ASA members will need to tailor their business strategies depending on the markets they serve. Login to MY ASA to access the latest report.
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AD Spirit of Independence Awards Recipients
ASA congratulates its members who are Affiliated Distributors affiliates and suppliers that received 2015 AD Spirit of Independence awards this week, including Locke Supply, Traeger Brothers Plumbing, Texas Plumbing Supply, Elkay Manufacturing, Central States Group, Anvil International, and Kenny Pipe & Supply. Congratulations to all on the well-deserved recognition.

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ASAU ONLINE COURSE OF THE WEEK

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I AM ASA

“ASA has a hand in everything from government advocacy to training employees in our industry. I believe it’s important to support this organization and the industry that we participate in.” Rick Giannini, Milwaukee Valve Co.
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BrassCraft® Introduces Push Connect Water Heater Connectors
Offering trusted products since 1946, BrassCraft Manufacturing announces their new Push Connect Water Heater Connectors. Expanding on their Push Connect Technology family of products, connectors are available in ProCoat® coated stainless steel corrugated and Speedi Plumb® Plus polymer braid. They provide superior flexibility, corrosion resistance and are compatible with copper, PEX, and CPVC. The Push Connect technology allows for connecting with confidence for a fast, reliable and durable connection.


Three Weeks Countdown to THE PHCP — PVF Industry Event
American Supply Association
In three weeks, the leaders and decision makers in the PHCP-PVF industry will converge in Chicago to expand their opportunities through educational events and networking opportunities. Hear from insight leaders such as Dirk Beveridge, founder of UnleashWD and David Nour, The Nour Group and growth strategist, who are among the educational lineup that will provide methods and processes that can be immediately implemented to help you succeed. Will you be among those in the know? There is still time to register for Network2015 – which is where education and opportunity meet. Mark your calendar for October 27 – 29 to take part in Network2015. For full detail information please visit www.asa.net/Network2015 for full event details.
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UPCOMING WEBINAR

Fall Protection Saves Lives, Learn from the Pros.
No fall protection equipment – regardless of how effective – can save an employee unless it is correctly selected for the job application and used properly. OSHA takes fall protection very seriously. With two federal standards that regulate Fall Protection, knowing these are a must when using this equipment. Learn about the OSHA standards and proper usage that can save lives and prevent costly injuries on November 12 at 2:00 EST/1:00 CST, when the ASA Safety Committee hosts an a FREE, information-packed webinar on this critical, life-saving issue. The webinar will be delivered by John Eckel, CSP, CET, CFPS, CHCM, Sr. Technical Training Specialist - Miller Fall Protection: Honeywell Safety Products, Franklin, Pennsylvania. REGISTER NOW






Future Jobs: Solving the Employment & Skills Crisis
Midwest Distributors Association
The Midwest Distributors Association will host its 2015 Annual Meeting & Dinner on Monday, October 26 at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch & Chicago Sports Museum in Chicago. Edward Gordon, author of "Future Jobs: Solving the Employment & Skills Crisis," and the founder and president of Imperial Consulting Corporation, will share practical, common-sense strategic workforce planning solutions that all of us need when creating and filling jobs. All MwDA members as well as channel partners from throughout the Midwest are strongly encouraged to participate. Click here for complete details; the deadline to RSVP is Friday, October 16.
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: US Exports Hold Key to its Economic Future (USA Today)

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

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The 5 New Rules of Employee Engagement
Inc.
It's the furtive glances as you approach, the crowd at the water cooler suddenly dispersing. Whispers and snickers during meetings. The staring at the floor as you pass in the hallway, the forced smiles. Is it all in your imagination? You might love your employees, or consider some of them friends--but you also wouldn't be doing your job if you didn't stop to wonder what they really think of you.

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

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The 5 Biggest Things In Tech You Missed This Week
Forbes
Here are five things that happened in the world of technology this past week and why they’re important for your business (and mine). Did you miss them?
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A Makeover for Manufacturers
Association of Talent Developers
According to a survey by SME, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the manufacturing industry, 80 percent of manufacturers are concerned about being unable to meet their workforce needs within the next five years. Yet as the talent shortage in the manufacturing industry grows more acute, millions of Millennials are preparing to enter the workforce. "Match up even a fraction of this group with manufacturers needing to fill open positions, and the skills gap is solved," says Jeannine Kunz, director of Tooling U-SME, which offers training and professional development solutions for manufacturers.
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