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June 1, 2017

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ASA Expands Its Value in 2017
American Supply Association
ASA has added a complimentary human resources service provided by SESCO Management Consultants to its list of valuable programs and services. Through SESCO, ASA members will have access to free and unlimited consultation, where questions can be answered on topics such as federal and state compliance, wage and hours issues, FMLA, COBRA, INS, and Equal Employment. The SESCO team will also assist members with a review of a company’s employee handbook for a small fee. In addition, ASA will be providing members with monthly updates on HR issues of which they will need to be made aware.
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Why the Talent Pool in Today's Labor Market is Running on Empty
Imperial Consulting Corporation
Innovation occurs only when properly educated and skilled workers can utilize technologies that increase performance, productivity and profits. For this to happen, businesses must make both short- and long-term investments in training and education. According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), America is falling behind most of its major competitors by limiting business investment in human capital. Short-term profit remains the key objective in order to satisfy the demands of Wall Street, thus jeopardizing the future of the U.S. labor economy. Our country needs dynamic business leaders who comprehend that their organizations need to broadly participate in updating education and training and spearhead a culture change that acknowledges the real impact of learning in the American economy.
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Acquisition of Shurjoint Industries
The Shurjoint grooved connection technology will play an integral part in completing the total end-to-end connection capabilities of “Apollo” Flow Controls. This integration allows us to offer the most extensive and complete portfolio of connection and flow control devices of any other brand in North America. Additionally, this allows us to service a global market and expands our manufacturing capabilities into other geographies around the world. More

Making Congressional Connections — More important than ever
American Supply Association
Texas Representative Randy Weber, who
previously owned an HVAC repair business and
was a customer of Coburn Supply, meets with
Donald and Suzanne Maloney.
There are three distinct ways our members can impact federal policies, each of which ASA can assist with. On June 13-14, two weeks from today, leaders in our industry will be traveling to Washington to advocate issues as important as tax reform, infrastructure improvements and investment in our skilled workforce. But there are other ways stakeholders can make an impact. One is by inviting your elected officials, or their staff, to your upcoming counter days or customer appreciation events. Meeting your employees and customers and seeing what it is your company does to contribute to the local economy is essential to getting our message across. Finally, always remember that as you’re passing through your nation’s capital, whether you’re a tourist or visiting family, take a few hours to join ASA and help us get our industry’s message delivered to policymakers in Washington.

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Make Your Move™
ASA Advisor©
Training employees now to handle the higher volumes of demand will be key to increasing revenues without adding labor costs. For industries related to the consumer or consumer-related imports, plan on this workload increasing through mid-2018, while businesses related to the industrial side of the economy may be more front-loaded and accelerate into early 2018. Log in to MY ASA to access ASA’s latest macroeconomic forecast report for the PHCP-PVF industry.
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LOOK! Falcon Best Push2Connect

Falcon Stainless of Temecula, CA and John Guest USA/UK joined up to create the strongest most secure Push-to-Connect water flex available anywhere! No inner tube to burst or kink! Only solid SS and genuine John Guest parts with a Lifetime Warranty. Got yours? Available in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" on a variety of connectors.

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights and ITR Economics to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance as well as how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month - the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the May report is June 12th. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.
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Flexible. Adjustable. Adaptable.

Residential shower drains from Jones Stephens are the very definition of versatility. With many combinations available, including snap-in, screw-in, round, and square strainers, to several finish options, our catalog provides a solution for all your shower drain needs. Think Jones Stephens for your next project!


New Courses from HOLDRITE!
ASA-U has just released one new manufacturer specific course from HOLDRITE! Complete the course to learn more about the HOLDRITE products listed below. Check out all HOLDRITE courses here, and earn your $2 BlueBucks per course now!

  • HOLDRITE: HydroFlame Pro Series Firestop System

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    Is Your Company Prepared For Any Situation?
    American Supply Association
    ASA can help your company prepare for the worst with their new course, Armed Intruder/Active Shooter Training. This course is designed to help your organization better respond in violent situations involving an armed threat. The goals and objectives of this course provide employees with information and strategies on recognizing and responding to the dynamic challenges and issues of violent incidents within the workplace. Here’s something important to remember. The concepts and models presented in this course can be used in any situation – regardless of location. LEARN MORE
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    Heavy-Duty Medium Set Gray Cement

    Oatey Heavy Duty Medium Set Gray PVC Cement is designed to have a thicker viscosity and medium set time for use with large diameter pipe and in commercial applications. Superior gap filling properties and bond strength. For use on PVC pipe up to 18" (non-pressure) and 12" (pressure).

    Deadline is TODAY for Annual Fly-in
    American Supply Association
    The time is now to get in the game and urge Congress to stop arguing and finally address issues important to the PHCP-PVF industry, manufacturing and small businesses. They’ve already tripped out of the gate reforming healthcare, will they do the same on tax reform? They need to hear from you to learn our industry’s needs and how the decisions they’re making in Washington impact your business. Join your industry peers at ASA’s Annual Legislative Fly-in on June 13 – 14, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! REGISTER NOW
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      More Availability, Reliability, Speedability

    Your source for PVF for over 70 years. Industrial Valco has unbeatable inventory, error free shipments, and the fastest service in the industry.

    Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
    American Supply Association
    This week's news: Independent Business Association Gives Trump 'Thumbs Up'

    Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to The Beschloss Perspective for a full archive of past articles.

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    5 Concrete Ways to Measure the ROI of Training Programs
    ELearning Industry
    You put on a class. It went well. Or it didn’t. The participants liked it. Or they didn’t. The coffee was hot. Or it wasn’t. However it went, chances are you will hear about it in some form of post event feedback. Over 90% of learning organizations conduct these surveys to calculate the ROI of training, according to the Association for Talent Development.

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

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