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ASA and PMI Legislative Fly-In Hotel Cutoff March 10
American Supply Association
In just a little over a month, the American Supply Association and Plumbing Manufacturers International will be joining forces at our industry's Legislative Fly-In April 9 and 10 in our nation's capital. Tax Reform, Regulatory Reform, Water Efficiency and Marketplace Fairness are among the topics that will be discussed by Fly-In attendees during scheduled appointments with their members of Congress. If you have not registered for the event or booked your rooms, NOW IS THE TIME! The deadline to book your room at the discounted group rate is Monday, March 10. View a registration brochure and call 888-421-1442 and reference American Supply Association to book your room NOW.
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Keystone Deadline Coming, Let Your Voice be Heard
American Supply Association
Last week, the IRS received more than 140,000 comments from concerned Americans regarding draft rules they're considering. After tomorrow, there may not be any more opportunities to let your voice be heard regarding Keystone XL. ASA has not only joined with others, but we've also written to the State Department on our own, the time has come for businesses across the country to do the same. Let them know you support Keystone XL; don't delay!
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    Is Your Warehouse Really a Model of Operational Excellence?
Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© helps all employees learn about warehouse functions, safety, and issues that impact profitability in a modern wholesale distribution warehouse. Beginning with an explanation of how the wholesale-distribution business works, the course introduces key members of the warehouse team and explains how they contribute to the operation. An in-depth treatment of the orderly and safe flow of materials from receiving through stocking, picking, packaging, and delivery follows. The course wraps up with examples of how the warehouse employee can grow as a professional.


    "We joined ASA to improve our training process, which had been virtually nonexistent. Today, I am pleased to report that we have a viable, well-structured training program that benefits all of our employees."
— Brian Tuohey, President, Collins Pipe & Supply Co. Inc.

Hydronics Division Gearing Up for an Active Year
American Supply Association
The American Supply Association's newest division is gearing up for an active 2014. The Hydronics Division represents manufacturer and distributor interests in the radiant heat, residential tankless, condensing gas boilers and indirect water heating markets. During an active conference call conducted Feb. 27, the Executive Committee for the division discussed plans to become engaged in educating the industry in 2014 on topics such as emerging market trends, code and standards changes and opportunity for growth in this expanding market.
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Industry Legend Seder Passes
Chicago Tribune
Industry legend Herschel Seder passed away March 1 at the age of 95. Seder purchased a small valve company in Milwaukee in 1959 with his friend and business partner, Max Koenigsberg. The two would run Milwaukee Valve together for 40 years, turning it into a world-class valve manufacturer. Seder will be remembered for his devotion to family, his company and the community.
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Unleash the Potential of Your Sales Team — Dallas & Philadelphia Seminars
American Supply Association
Distributor sales guru Dave Kahle is bringing his a two-day Kahle Way® Sales Management System seminar to Dallas (March 20-21) and Philadelphia (April 3-4). The focus is on fully equipping sales managers to implement five key practices. Each practice is described in detail, combined with a step-by-step process, and supported with a set of tools. As a result, managers leave the course fully equipped to implement the system and make immediate, positive results in their sales teams. ASA members receive a 20% discount off registration fees; enter "ASA-Dallas" or "ASA-Philly" when prompted.
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Beschloss: PVF-Related Projects Reach Record Levels as 2014 Construction Season Unfolds
The Desert Sun
With each passing day, announcements of PVF-laden projects coming across my desk, indicate that industrial activity should surpass all previous years, if not exceed the level of past decades. Much of this is emanating from the Midwest States, such as Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota. Included in this accelerated growth, in addition to energy development, are such major end-use industries as pulp and paper, electrical power, and various aspects of technology, primarily in the Midwest.
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US Manufacturing Hurt By Winter Weather
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
U.S. manufacturing expanded more quickly last month as companies received more orders and boosted their stockpiles. But a measure of production fell to its lowest level in nearly five years, likely a casualty of severe winter weather. The Institute for Supply Management, a group of purchasing managers, said that its manufacturing index rose to 53.2 in February from 51.3 in January. The increase only partly reversed a five-point drop in January from December.
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Need for Speed: Improving Website Load Times Can Boost Your Business
By Stephanie Studer
People are impatient. A sweeping statement? Sure. But consider that Google engineers noticed in 2012 that a delay as short as 400 milliseconds was enough to drive visitors away from a website. To put that in perspective, that is roughly twice as long as it takes to blink. No matter what you hope to gain from your online presence, whether it's sales or SEO, you can't expect to get it if your page loads at a snail's pace. So let's speed things up with a few simple tricks that are easy to implement.
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