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NetworkASA 2012: Register by May 18 and Save $100
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NetworkASA 2012 - OWN IT – Your Company, Your Industry, Your Future - is set for Oct. 17-20 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Highlighting the speaker lineup this year are Steve Forbes, political analyst Stuart Rothenberg and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. "This year's agenda and speaker lineup are off the charts," said Mike Adelizzi, ASA executive vice president. "With more standing room-only educational events, our enhanced Plumbing and IPD Open Houses and more face-to-face networking opportunities than ever before, NetworkASA 2012 is an experience not available anywhere else in the PHCP and PVF industry." Program brochures were mailed last week, and event details are available online by clicking here. Save $100 by registering before the early-bird deadline of May 18!

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Watts to Host 2012 Young Executives Spring Forum in New Orleans
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Watts Water Technologies is set to host the opening reception and dinner at the upcoming 2012 Spring Forum, to be held May 21-23 at the New Orleans Marriott. Scheduled to speak during the opening reception is Malcolm Kinnaird, Watts' vice president of channel management & marketing for North America. In addition to the evening with Mr. Kinnaird, attendees will experience two days of strategic communication training with Anthony Huey of Reputation Management Associates and several networking functions designed to bring together the next generation of leaders in the PHCP and PVF industry. The 2012 Spring Forum, produced by ASA's Young Executives division, is an outstanding opportunity to learn new concepts and skills, cultivate profitable relationships with channel partners from across the country, and enjoy the wonderful camaraderie for which ASA events are widely known. More

Court Rules in Favor of NLRB Poster Policies
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Last week, the federal district court in the District of Columbia ruled that the National Labor Relations Board has sufficient rulemaking authority under the National Labor Relations Act to require most private sector employers to post workplace notices that inform employees of their rights under the NLRA. The effective date for compliance with the NLRB rule, originally set for Nov. 14, 2011, had been postponed to April 30, 2012, pending the court's review. Many in the employer community, including the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, challenged the rule and its enforcement provisions in court on multiple grounds. More

Copper Off Two-Week Low on China Demand Hopes, Greece Deal Eyed
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Copper futures regained strength Wednesday, easing off a two-week low amid indications demand from top consumer China will remain strong, but gains were limited as investors continued to focus on talks surrounding Greece's debt swap deal ahead of Thursday's deadline. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, copper futures for May delivery traded at $3.777 a pound during European morning trade, gaining 1.05 percent. It earlier rose by as much as 1.25 percent to trade at a session high $3.783 a pound. Prices fell to $3.725 on Tuesday, the lowest since Feb. 17. More

Metals, Oil Up on Economy Hopes; Grains Slide
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Oil, gold and copper rose Wednesday, rebounding from a two-day rout as investors took in strong U.S. jobs data and grew more hopeful about an end to Greek debt worries. But agricultural commodities fell, with wheat and corn posting their biggest declines in two months as commodity funds liquidated long positions ahead of a U.S. government crop report due Friday. Arabica coffee futures plunged to a 16-month low. The mixed performance left the Thomson Reuters-Jeffries CRB index slightly lower for the day. More

American Manufacturers Importing Workers
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U.S. manufacturers, frustrated by a shortage of skilled American factory workers, are going abroad to find them. Business for factories has surged recently, creating a huge demand for machinists, tool and die makers, computer-controlled machine programmers and operators. "These jobs are the backbone of manufacturing," said Gardner Carrick, senior director with the Manufacturing Institute. "These are good quality middle-class jobs that Americans should be training for." More

ISM: Manufacturing Sector Slows in February
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The pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector unexpectedly slowed in February after three consecutive months of gains in a reminder of the bumpy nature of the economic recovery. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity fell to 52.4 from 54.1 the month before. The reading was shy of expectations of 54.5, according to a Reuters poll of economists. The pace of growth was the slowest in three months. U.S. stocks cut their gains after the release, while U.S. Treasury bonds cut losses. The dollar initially gained against the euro after the data but fell back. More

Why Manufacturing Still Matters
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Laura D'Andrea Tyson writes, "As one of a rare group of economists who believe that 'manufacturing matters' for the health of the American economy, I was heartened to hear President Barack Obama emphasize manufacturing in his State of the Union address. During the past two years, the manufacturing sector has led the economic recovery, expanding by about 10 percent and adding more than 300,000 jobs. Admittedly, this is a small number compared with overall private-sector job gains of 3.7 million during the same period, but it reverses the trend of declining manufacturing employment since the late 1990s." More

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