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Ready to Increase Your Showroom Profits?
American Supply Association
Wholesale-distribution, like every other business, is driven by the ability to grow sales. And while wholesalers recognize that showrooms provide a tremendous potential for increased sales and profits, they may not fully embrace the retail model that will generate profits. All showroom personnel are invited to join Hank Darlington, author of Essentials of Profitable Showroom Sales©, as he shares his knowledge on performing as a top notch sales consultant during a 7-part webinar series being offered through ASA University beginning July 10. For those that missed the May session, this is a repeat offering of that well-received program.
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ASA Safety Committee to Present FREE Workplace Violence Webinar
American Supply Association
Do you have questions regarding your rights and responsibilities if a violent workplace incident occurs? What about if a fight breaks out between two co-workers? What does the law, specifically OSHA, require of you as an employer? Are you allowed, required or precluded from sharing this information with others? Join former OSHA attorney Michael Taylor on Wednesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. EDT for a FREE webinar, presented by the ASA Safety Committee, on what you need to know in the event violence occurs in the workplace.
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April Wholesale Revenues Up 0.5% Over March
Modern Distribution Management
Wholesale trade revenues in April were $416.6 billion, up 0.5% from the revised March level and were up 0.7% from April 2012. The March preliminary estimate was revised downward $0.7 billion or 0.2%. April sales of durable goods were up 1.6% from last month and were up 4.2% from a year ago. Sales of furniture and home furnishings were up 5.1% from last month and sales of machinery, equipment and supplies were up 5%.
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Hill Staffers: Businesses Trustworthy
Corporations are still seen as trustworthy and necessary by Capitol Hill staffers, according to a new survey of them — with organized labor lagging behind. A survey of 328 bipartisan congressional staff by the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University and the Original U.S. Congress Handbook finds that 65 percent of Hill staffers have a positive opinion of corporations — calling them very or somewhat trustworthy.
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    ASAU Takes Residential Plumbing Product Knowledge to Next Level
The 3D Residential Schematic© Training Package contains six interactive lessons and quizzes that focus on a typical residence’s multiple plumbing and mechanical comfort and convenience systems. The bulk of these systems are hidden within the walls, ceilings, and floors with only a small portion noticeable to the untrained eye. Water movement and other important features are animated in a typical residential setting to help learners visualize how water flows through a house. READ MORE

Manufacturing Growth Crawls, Economic Recovery Stalls
The housing market may have pushed us into the Great Recession, but analysts are increasingly expecting it will be manufacturing that gets the economy back on track. So for insights on when that jump into strong growth might finally arrive, smart investors are keeping a weather eye on the manufacturing reports that detail how much is being produced, where businesses are finding buyers, and what both groups foresee as the near-future state of our economy.
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Nanomaterials in the Construction Industry: A 21st Century Revolution
By Adolfo Benedito
When we talk about innovation of materials for construction, inevitably, terms such as energy efficiency, sustainability, ecology, home automation and autonomy arise. New concepts have been developing that, by adopting the most innovative technological solutions, seek to go beyond simple integration to nature. The potential of nanomaterials is considered, perhaps prematurely, the revolution of the 21st century. The development of the house of the future demands a continuous innovation in new materials, such as polymers, whose versatility and capacity of being functional and intelligent confer new and attractive options.
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US Factory Orders Increase 1% in April
Orders for goods produced in U.S. factories rose 1% in April, largely because of higher demand for autos and airplanes, the Commerce Department reported.
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Will Manufacturers Shift Focus from Capacity to Capability?
Supply Chain Digest
Worldwide, both developed and developing countries are putting renewed emphasis on growing their manufacturing bases, and increasing the percent of GDP that comes from the manufacturing sector. This is in part due to the experience of the recession and beyond, where the financial sector lost much allure for investors and governments, and during which economies such as Germany and the U.S. that had relatively stronger manufacturing sectors took take less of an overall economic hit than those countries that were more service sector focused.
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    Senate Judiciary Committee to Advance Metal Theft Legislation (American Supply Association)
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Why US Manufacturing Can't Get Off the Mat (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Senators, Employer Groups Make Case to Supreme Court on NLRB Recess Appointments (Associated Builders and Contractors)

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