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March 29, 2018

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Ace Hardware CEO: Focusing on Logistics, Labor and 'Rational Optimism'
Hardware Retailing
The Ace Hardware Spring 2018 Convention & Exhibits brought together independent retailers, vendors and Ace corporate personnel in an environment designed for easy product ordering and sharing information. Ace Hardware CEO John Venhuizen addressed retailers at the convention, emphasizing three competitive necessities: efficient product delivery, high-quality employees and “rational optimism.”
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Water Infrastructure Sees Funding Bump in Omnibus
American Supply Association
ASA has been a driving organization in the support of legislation to adequately finance America’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. According to the EPA, CBO and the GAO, the projected shortfall in clean water infrastructure investment will approach $500 billion over the next two decades. Bloomberg reports that the Omnibus bill includes $2.89 billion in funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan funds, which helps state and local government fund water treatment and other infrastructure. In addition, the bill includes new funding in the amount of $63 million for the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program that finances water infrastructure projects. Although there is a significant more amount of funding needed, we are considering this a victory since the overall EPA budget was frozen at current levels. We will continue to promote and push for increased funding going forward. As an example, the funding for water infrastructure will be one of the topics are members will be discussing with representative of Congress during the ASA Fly-In event happening on April 18-19, 2018 – it is not too late to register!
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Let Your Voice Be Heard
American Supply Association
The ASA Advisory Group represents our members as the voice of ASA in codes and standards activities. One way you can help is to take a look at the Weekly Standards and Codes Update List to review codes and standards that are out for public review or ballot. These standards and codes impact the Plumbing, PVF, HVAC and Hydronics industries and we need your input. ASA is committed to having a “seat at the table” and ensuring your concerns are heard.
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A Grade above the Rest
Energy Metals, Inc.
Energy Metals knows each project is unique, that is why we offer solutions to fit all your requirements. Some of our value-added services include: 

• Cutting ( – 0”, + 1/8”) 
• Flange Modification 
• Fitting Modification 
• Threading 

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Answers to Your Questions about Compensation & Benefits
American Supply Association
Gain an unprecedented level of information about your company’s compensation and benefits – matched with your industry peers and 1,000+ distributors. The 2018 Executive & Employee Compensation Report will provide executive pay statistics for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, etc., as well as compensation levels for 35 of the most common distributor staff positions. Data collection will continue thru April 13th, and ALL of ASA’s participating wholesaler members will receive a copy of the final report in exchange for having completed the survey questionnaire - at no fee. LEARN MORE
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Many Valves... Once Source

Boshart Industries offers a wide selection of valves for the plumbing, heating, industrial, irrigation and water systems markets. Available in materials such as brass, no lead brass, stainless, PVC and chrome plated. All Boshart Industries valves are marked with size and service ratings for easy identification and installation. Learn more

Researchers Create New Low-Cost, Sustainable Material for Reducing Air and Water Pollution
Frontiers via
A new class of low-cost and sustainable hybrid materials could possibly displace activated carbon as the preferred choice for reducing wastewater and air pollution. The material, described in Frontiers in Chemistry, is synthesized inexpensively from solid wastes and a naturally abundant polymer — and can cut down pollutants in air and wastewater with more success than activated carbon, the current gold standard adsorbent.
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Data collection underway for annual OPR
American Supply Association
For more than 35 years, ASA’s annual Operating Performance Report (OPR) has been a customized, easy-to-understand and actionable solution that helps owners and managers to quickly evaluate operating results, identify profit leaks and measure employees’ productivity. One reason why is because the OPR helps you to find clarity in a sometimes overwhelming sea of information. Participating wholesalers need to submit data by June 1st and can expect to receive their company-customized and full-industry reports on or before July 13th. LEARN MORE
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Power Your Potential-Women in Industry Spring Conference
American Supply Association
Discover what makes you great and push yourself forward in business and your career. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra effort. This year's Women in Industry Spring Conference will give you tools to turn your own potential and knowledge into actionable plans that will make you even better. Maybe you saw how rewarding and fun this event has been in the past. Maybe you're curious. After seeing this video, you won't want to miss this year's event. See you in Savannah!
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ASA's Emerging Leaders Division Continues Momentum
American Supply Association
ASA's Emerging Leaders Division (formerly Young Executives) cultivates the best of today's middle and upper managers (generally, ages 45 and under) into tomorrow's most complete business leaders in the industry. Register for the Emerging Leaders (formerly Young Executives) Spring Forum. This meeting brings the industry’s best and brightest together to discuss the future and their roles. This year’s program was built in response to the needs of attendees as well as the feedback from owners and principals. Register to attend this exceptional meeting in Jersey City, May 21-23.
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Inventory Management for Distributors
American Supply Association
May 3-4, 2018              Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare

Inventory is the largest cash asset in distribution. Are your inventory managers equipped to take on that responsibility? In this two day seminar by The Distribution Team, participants will learn to drive net profit through time tested inventory management practices. This isn’t just a purchasing seminar. We cover topics that touch the warehouse, sales, finance and logistics. We guarantee that participants will walk away with at least 30 profit generating ideas.

ASA members receive 5% discount on registration by using the code ASA.


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ASAU Online Course of the Week
ASA-U is excited to release a new course from HOLDRITE, PEXRITE PEX Supports. For over 15 years HOLDRITE has been the expert in pioneering and producing innovative PEX Support products. PEXRITE, the "Tourchless Installation," allows contractors to quickly install PEX tubing regardless if they stub-out in PEX or copper tubing. In the course you will learn the features and benefits and installation methods for PEXRITE PEX Supports. Complete the course now, and keep an eye out for an exciting opportunity next week!

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