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ASA Home   Membership   Education   Advocacy   Networking   Benchmarking Dec. 30, 2010
As 2010 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. 6, 2011.

NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE a Hit With Attendees
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With more than 30 percent of the attendees responding, the evaluation for NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE tells ASA that the meeting was a huge success. Eighty-eight percent of those responding rated the value of the meeting for their company as good to excellent. Of the nine seminars presented, the average rating of each was good or better, with five averaging a near-perfect score. The comments praised the speakers, the economic information presented, and the networking opportunities at the vendor and wholesaler conference booth sessions. Seventy-five percent of respondents plan to attend NetworkASA 2011, Sept. 13 to 16, in Las Vegas. Mark your calendars now, and take a look at some of this year's highlights. More

Advisory Council Protecting Vital Resources in Turbulent Economy
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It took nearly 10 years to build the Karl E. Neupert Endowment Fund designed to provide decades of resources for educational programs for the PHCP and PVF industry. It took only five months in the worst economy in nearly 70 years to wipe out over half of the value. However, thanks to the dedicated oversight of the little-known Education Foundation Endowment Fund Investment Committee established to oversee the endowment’s vital investments, the fund has weathered the near collapse of the markets. Serving on the Committee during this time were Scott Weaver (APR Supply), Nick Giuffre, (Bradford White), Jeffrey Beall (American Pipe & Supply), Bob Bruce (Consolidated Supply Co.), Mark Hanley (Hajoca), Kent McKee (Mueller Ind.), Dennis Schweiger (Kohler Co.) More

7 Ways to Lead Without Uttering a Single Word    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is much written about the words leaders need to use, both in speech and on paper, to be effective. Words are certainly important, but there are other, more subtle messages that leaders send every day through their actions (or inactions) in the workplace. These messages can strongly reinforce your words, or render them ineffective or meaningless. Thus, every great leader needs to develop a strong self-awareness of their nonverbal communication, and use it consistently so they can "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk." More

Dave Barry on Supply Management
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Dave Barry is probably a familiar name. In 1988, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. For 25 years, he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He has written more than 30 books, two of which were used as the basis for the sitcom "Dave's World." He also plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. What he's not, however, is an expert on supply management. He's also pretty foggy on the notion of sustainability as it pertains to the supply chain. More

Six Learning Modules in Development for 3-D Residential Schematic©
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In spring 2009, the ASA Education Foundation unveiled a truly innovative learning tool to the industry, the 3-D Residential Schematic©, a sub-brand of the popular ProductPro offering. The Residential Schematic shows a typical 2-1/2-bathroom house that allows the user to click around the various rooms to see more details about the pipe, valves and fittings, as well as other aspects of a residential plumbing system. Now the accompanying learning modules will take the value of this resource to a higher level. More

Senate GOP Blocks Bill that Would Promote Less Outsourcing
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Senate Republicans on Sept. 28 blocked a Democratic plan to encourage companies to bring jobs back from overseas, as a united GOP caucus voted against a motion to debate the measure on the Senate floor. The motion failed 53 to 45. The legislation would have raised taxes on corporations that shift operations overseas, costing U.S. jobs. It also would have awarded companies that bring jobs back from abroad by offering a two-year hiatus from payroll taxes for those positions. More

China Now Set to Enter US Steel Market with Direct Manufacturing in Joint Venture
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In somewhat surprising news, among continued trade spats between the U.S. and China over steel-related products, China's fourth or sixth largest steel company (depending on estimates) has announced plans for a joint venture that will give China its first foot hold in U.S. steel manufacturing. Anshan Iron and Steel Group Corp. recently announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. producer Steel Development Company to gain a stake in SDC's reinforcing steel bar plant, making it the first Chinese company to invest in a U.S. steel mill. More

ASA Young Execs Host Spring Forum
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More than 50 people representing 20 wholesalers, 14 manufacturers and vendors as well as three independent manufacturer representatives attended this year's ASA Spring Forum event in Fort Worth, presented by the Young Executives Division and sponsored by Brass Craft Manufacturing. Read what attendees had to say and see photos. More

Obama Signs Bill to Aid Manufacturers
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President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Aug. 12 to help American manufacturers and manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 eliminates some of the tariffs manufacturers pay on imported materials used in production. The tariff reduction is expected to significantly lower costs for American manufacturing companies, giving a boost to those they employ. Before signing the bill, Obama took a minute to speak about the progress made in the manufacturing job sector and his commitment to the sector. More

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