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October 29, 2015

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Network2015 Opens to Record Crowds
American Supply Association
The Bradford White Opening Reception at Network2015 was a huge success at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile. The reception laid host to a record breaking crowd of nearly 750 attendees. If you were unable to attend Network2015 this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next year's event set in New York, Sept. 28-30, 2016.
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PHCP-PVF Wholesalers Plan for Y-E Holidays
American Supply Association
This winter, the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays are on Friday. ASA's most recent Monthly Pulse Report sheds some light on how one-in-four wholesaler members plan to observe the year-end holidays.
  • Thurs, Dec 24: One-third of PHCP-PVF wholesalers will be closed for business, and most of those that will be open will have special hours and/or reduced staff;
  • Fri, Dec 25: All respondents across the U.S. will be closed, although 11.8% will offer on-call and/or emergency service only;
  • Sat, Dec 26: Just under 20.0% of PHCP-PVF wholesalers will be open;
  • Thurs, Dec 31: 87.0% of distributors across the U.S. will be open, and half of those will have special hours and/or reduced staff;
  • Fri, Jan 1: Nearly all respondents across the U.S. will be closed, but 10.5% will offer on-call and/or emergency service only; and
  • Sat, Jan 2: Three-quarters of PHCP-PVF wholesalers will be closed, and most of those that will be open will offer on-call and/or emergency service only.
Click here for a more detailed look across different sales volumes, industry segments and geographic regions.

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ASA University Continues to Provide Comprehensive Training for PHCP-PVF Distributors
Supply House Times
Todd Ford, CEO and President of Omaha, Neb.-based Central States Group, says involvement with the American Supply Association's educational arm, ASA University, has helped his company move forward in a significant way. "In today's climate it's hard to attract talent, especially for a smaller, mid-range company," he says. "We're not big enough to have a complete training department where we can put something together to give potential employees a vision of what our company looks like and the opportunities they will have. ASA University has all the training resources for products, leadership and management. We've been able to use that to recruit employees. Our employees have that training material at their disposal now and can use that overall expertise to help them long-term from a career standpoint."
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"Because of networking with wholesalers and manufacturers from around the country, education training materials for our people coming up in the industry, and the exchange of ideas that goes beyond what we can get out of our buying group."Sam Williams, Gateway Supply Co.
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AD Announces eCommerce Initiative to Help Independent Wholesale Distributors
Supply House Times
Affiliated Distributors recently announced its continued investment in its membership's ability to better compete in the world of eCommerce through its AD eContent Service program. Bill Weisberg, AD's chairman and CEO, says, "Independent wholesale distributors' battle for a level playing field must be fought anywhere that nationals are able to use their size and leverage to create a competitive advantage for themselves to the potential detriment of independents. And one place that this battle must clearly be engaged and fought is on the Internet." The program includes a comprehensive content management solution, which includes a shared Master eCatalog and Web Portal, along with member Specific Sub-Catalog and Store Front options.
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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

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Are Aging Refineries the Cause of Disproportionate Gas Prices? (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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Difference Between Training and Management Development
Houston Chronicle
The difference between training and management development tends to lie in timing. Typically, training is the process by which people are taught critical skills. Participants gain knowledge to carry out their current responsibilities. To goal is to improve performance in the short term. Development activities, on the other hand, tend to prepare people for additional job roles for the long term.

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

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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.
WAVE Exposed Flushometers
Putting control back in the hands of the user, flushometers with WAVE technology offer hygienic touchless operation on command. Activating only when a hand is waved directly in front of the flushometer, the sensor eliminates random flushing altogether. And by doing away with false actuations, WAVE technology provides water savings. More info
ADA GreenSpec® High Efficiency Cooler
The innovative Elkay VRCGRN water cooler series provides greater energy efficiency, consumes less water and uses less refrigerant than any other comparable water cooler on the market. Primarily constructed in 60% recycled content stainless steel, the VRCGRN is manufactured without paints or coatings eliminating Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. More info

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