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4Q10 IPD Commodity Reports Now Available
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The Industrial Piping Division is a special interest division within ASA for distributors and manufacturers that predominantly operate in the industry's mechanical and industrial pipe, valves and fittings segment. An invaluable benchmarking benefit for IPD members is the IPD Commodity Reports, which include the latest observations and information about Carbon Steel Pipe, Carbon Steel Fittings & Flanges, Stainless Steel Pipe, Fittings & Flanges and Copper Tube & Fittings. IPD members typically share the IPD Commodity Reports internally as well as with their valued customers because this information is helpful for benchmarking and education about market trends and business conditions. IPD members can log in to their "My ASA" pages to view the latest reports. More

High-Tech Industrial Coatings Find Use in Greening, Sustainability of the Manufacturing Plant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recent developments in coating technology are designed to save time and money. Coating systems that cure faster, cool your roof and increase wind turbine efficiency are among the new entrants to the market. Intriguing advances in self-cleaning, self-healing and super-capacitor coatings are in the works. More

Survey: Water Infrastructure Concerns Americans
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In the past couple of months, the American people have been flooded with polls and surveys trying to detect political directions that will impact the country for the next few years. And another survey released at the end of October 2010 might have long-term impact equal to what is going on in Washington. This one regards water. Conducted by the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, the survey asked likely voters as well as facility and operations managers in business and agriculture what should be done about water infrastructure issues. More

Penn Machine's Jim Lafferty Passes Away After Battle with Cancer
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James Lafferty, 40, an owner and sales manager with longtime ASA and IPD member Pennsylvania Machine Works in Aston, passed away Dec. 1 at home after fighting a courageous battle with prostate cancer. True to his nature, he never lost his upbeat, positive attitude. When asked how he was, Jim always would reply, "You know me. I've never had a bad day." Jim did not let his illness define him, instead he passionately promoted prostate cancer awareness. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jim's name may be sent to The Four Diamonds Fund to help children battling cancer at: A120 P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033-0852. More

Truck Rates, Capacity Shortages Seen as Biggest Headaches for Shippers in 2011
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A shortage of truckload capacity — and the rate increases that could result from it — will be the biggest challenges facing shippers next year, according to comments heard at the National Industrial Transportation League's annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When asked in an informal poll at the conference which of the major transport modes will experience the fiercest pricing pressure next year, 44 percent of the respondents said "truckload" — by far the highest percentage of any of the modes. Shipper executives interviewed at the meeting said truck rate increases will be problematic for their businesses next year. More

Florida Sues to Block New Water-Quality Standards
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Florida's attorney general and agriculture commissioner announced they are suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency over water-quality standards the agency announced last month it intends to impose on the state's rivers, lakes and streams. Business groups have decried the federal nutrient standards, meant to limit the flow of pollutants into the waterways, and the state has spent the better part of the last decade trying to develop its own, more narrowly tailored standards. The EPA rules came about as the result of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, who argued that Florida was not complying with the federal Clean Water Act. More

Kimberly Knickle: Top 10 Sustainability Comments From Manufacturers
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It's our predictions planning time again, and instead of developing "Top 10 2011 Sustainability Predictions," I thought it would be more interesting to let you know the 10 things I hear most often from manufacturers, and in effect, give you a "State of Sustainability" perspective. More

ASA Partners with Equity Plumbing Group to Advance Industry Issues
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Realizing that a coordinated effort among all industry participants is needed to advance issues of critical importance to the long-term health of the industry, ASA has entered into a formalized working relationship with the Equity Plumbing Group. "Two vital, long-range goals have guided ASA's move to sign agreements with industry buying groups and work more cooperatively," said ASA executive vice president Mike Adelizzi. "Engaging everyone in the industry to aid in the fight to protect industry interests in Washington, D.C., and the need to elevate the professionalism of the industry has prompted ASA to develop these closer working relationships." Equity joins Affiliated Distributors, the Embassy Group, Omni and WIT & Co. as the industry groups that have formalized their working relationships with the ASA. More

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