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As 2011 comes to a close, the American Supply Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of ASA Insights a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.

19 and Counting for ASA Members
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November 2011 marks the 19th consecutive month of increased revenues for the American Supply Association members as they finished up 7.7 percent as compared to the same month in 2010; up 16.2 percent as compared to October 2009 and up 1.3 percent as compared to 2008. The plumbing, heating and pipe, valve and fitting distributors are up 9.1 percent YTD and 8.1 percent on a rolling 12-month basis. Geographically, Texas continues to lead the nation reporting 25.7 percent growth. Nationally, the industrial PVF sector continues its strength in November, also reporting a national increase of 13.5 percent, over 2.5 times the national increase of the plumbing sector which reported an increase of 5.4 percent. More

Giuffre to Receive Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award
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From Aug. 18: The ASA Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Nick Giuffre, President and CEO of Bradford White Corporation, has been selected to receive the honor of the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor will be presented during the ASA Annual Meeting & Member Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the ASA's Annual Convention, NetworkASA 2011, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

ASA Members Meet With Congressional Leaders, Set Advocacy Agenda
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From left: Harold Arrowsmith and John Martin, Anvil
International; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; and
ASA President Bill Kenny, Kenny Pipe & Supply Inc.
From May 12: On May 3 and 4, more than 30 dedicated members of the American Supply Association came to Washington, D.C., for ASA's Legislative Fly-In. Those in attendance not only had the chance to develop relationships and learn from their peers, but they also had the opportunity to educate their congressional leaders on critical industry issues. The event kicked off with a discussion on the state of the economy and the new health care law. ASA members also engaged in spirited discussions with top economists and health care experts. "This [advocacy] may not have been something we necessarily wanted to do, but for the sake of our industry and our individual businesses, it was something that we needed to do," said ASA President Bill Kenny, of Kenny Pipe & Supply Inc. in Nashville, Tenn.

Kohler Co. Partners with ASA Young Execs
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From June 2: An important priority for any successful business as well as for the industry is to identify and connect the people who represent the next generation of leadership. ASA's Young Executives Division is focused on developing the necessary skills and cultivating key relationships that are critical for the next generation of leadership to succeed in the industry. "Over the past four years, we have redefined the annual Spring Forum program and made the Young Executives into the fastest growing segment of membership in ASA," said Dennis Crump, Chairman of ASA's Young Execs. Instrumental to this success has been the generous support from supplier partners, including Kohler Co. for this year's event held in May. More

Conference Appointment Scheduler to Run Through NetworkASA 2011
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From Sept. 1: Attention all NetworkASA 2011 attendees! We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel. Our current registration numbers include more than 84 distributor companies and 64 manufacturing companies, and we are looking forward to a fantastic event. And yes, the dress code is business casual! Please watch your email for a reminder, but in the meantime, remember to complete and print your Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments schedule. For your convenience, we are keeping the Facetime Appointment Scheduler software live and open all the way through NetworkASA 2011. In addition, we ask that distributors refrain from making appointments on Thursday with those manufacturing companies NOT participating in the conference appointments. We want to protect the investment of those manufacturers who have invested to see you one on one. Watch your email for more updates next week!

US PVC Prices to Rise as Global Supply Tightens on Japan Earthquake
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From March 31: U.S. PVC export prices were expected to increase in April, driven by strong demand from Asia, as imports from Japan were anticipated to plummet in coming months due to plant outages derived from a massive earthquake. "Some U.S. producers have decided to postpone one more week the announcement of their April nominations. They are waiting to see what is the impact of Japan's PVC situation on the global markets before making any decision," one trader said. On March 4 an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan. Three PVC plants, with a combined capacity of 818,000 mt/year and representing 41 percent of Japan's total PVC production, were shut as they were affected by the earthquake. More

Manufacturing Confidence in US Economy Drops Sharply
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From June 23: U.S. manufacturing leaders have turned pessimistic regarding the U.S. economy, according to Grant Thornton LLP's most recent Business Optimism Index, a quarterly survey of U.S. manufacturing business leaders. Only 40 percent believe the U.S. economy will improve in the next six months, down from 60 percent three months earlier. At the same time, 26 percent believe the U.S. economy will get worse, up from 3 percent. "There are many factors causing concern amongst U.S. manufacturing leaders," said Wally Gruenes, Manufacturing Practice Leader at Grant Thornton LLP. "Soaring energy and raw material costs and Japanese manufacturing supply chain disruptions are weighing heavily, as are unresolved U.S. debt reduction issues and a corporate tax rate that still puts the U.S. at a global competitive disadvantage." More

US Copper Import Surge Led By Manufacturing Bounce
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From May 19: U.S. copper imports climbed to a two-year peak in March, snapping back-to-back monthly declines in the first two months of the year, as demand for the metal grew with a sustained recovery in manufacturing. As inbound shipments of copper broke higher, aluminum imports sputtered, falling 20 percent in the first quarter — a trend that could continue in the coming months as the combination of production restarts and sky-high prices on the London Metal Exchange deter consumer appetites. More

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