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Former ASA president Herb Strong dies
<p> Herb Strong Jr., retired president of Indianapolis-based Economy Plumbing Supply and former American Supply Association president, died June 24.</p>
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:00 -0400
ASA benchmarking tools a major benefit
One of the most underrated areas of benefit I believe cannot be stressed enough is the association&rsquo;s business intelligence and benchmarking reporting.</p>
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
ASA & InSinkErator: Meeting industry challenges together
Recruiting top talent is a major challenge facing our industry.</p>
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
ASA-U announces 3D industrial schematic: Steam System Training Package
New Industrial Systems Training from ASA-U.</p>
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Liberty Pumps Announces Major Expansion for 2015
Liberty Pumps&rsquo; expansion will occur in three phases over the course of 2015.</p>
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Join the Marketplace Fairness Coalition
Imagine for a moment that your company has relied on LIFO, or the last-in, first-out method of accounting, for the past quarter century. </p>
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Creating value for your business when your best assets are people
A service-based business faces the unique challenge of proving its continuing viability to a potential buyer.</p>
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Why ASA members stand apart!
More and more, as I travel around the country to industry events I am asked why are ASA members so zealous about this association?</p>
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
ASA's Women in Industry Spring Conference loaded with networking and educational opportunities
Strength in numbers at the 2015 American Supply Association’s Women in Industry Spring Conference.
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
ASA's members talk hot-button topics with members of Congress during annual fly-in event
On the Road with Supply House Times: 2015 ASA Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C. </p>
Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
ASA’s Peer Networking Councils hold regular events to network and learn with industry peers
Networking Council events connect industry peers from every background in the industry.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:29:00 -0400
Connecting...Growing…Advancing…Network2015
Big and small, each company in the PHCP-PVF industry needs to connect with their channel partners to strengthen the bonds that keep our industry relevant and strong.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:05:00 -0400
Performance Management: Avoid the Dread!
All too often, managers and employees alike get that sinking feeling in the pit of their stomachs when it comes to Performance Management.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:02:00 -0400
ASA’s Young Executives (YE’s) take the lead to facilitate job growth for the PHCP-PVF industry
The ASA Board of Directors approved an outreach campaign to connect potential new employees with member companies.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400
ASA’s Young Executives continue to see tremendous growth in membership for its annual Spring Forum
ASA’s Young Executives gains momentum.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Don’t be afraid to ask
Letter from ASA President — March 2015. As I write this letter, our industry has already entered into the busy buying group season.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:47:00 -0400
ASA Continues to Give Back
Mike Adelizzi, ASA executive vice president, recently presented the Partner of the Year Award to Curt Powell, president of The Presidents Council.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:15:03 -0400
ASA’s annual Operating Performance Report simply delivers
The OPR is the most comprehensive compilation of accurate and up-to-date financial performance information for the PHCP and industrial PVF wholesale distribution industry.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:10:26 -0400
Here are some of the new goals for ASA’s high successful Women in Industry.
After a highly successful inaugural year, the ASA Women in Industry Executive Council recently met during the association’s Winter Strategic Planning Meeting.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:04:16 -0400
ASA Leadership Plans the Road Ahead
To achieve a greater focus, ASA has utilized the strategic governance approach to planning for the future by identifying an organizational mission, goals and strategic outcomes to better serve its members.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:55:01 -0400
ASA Releases Monthly Pulse Report for February
<p> ASA member wholesaler-distributors reported a median sales growth of 6.2% for the month ending February 28, 2015.</p>
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:00:00 -0400
Welcome ASA’s Newest Members for 2015
Check out the latest members to join the American Supply Association.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -0400
ASA Showroom Managers Meet at KBIS
ASA’s Showroom Managers Networking Council held a seminar on “The Neuroscience of Showrooming."
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -0400
How Will the President Use That Pen?
It was January 2007; America had withdrawn its armed forces from Iraq, provided health care for children nationwide, and the use of embryonic stem cells became permissible for the first time.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:03:00 -0500
How to Find an Hour a Day
Taking less than 1% of your day to plan the other 99% will yield much more than 5 minutes in return.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:29:00 -0500
OSHA UPDATE: New Reporting Requirements Start January 1
Employers are now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500
ASA Launches New Region
The Southwest Central Distributors (SWCD) has now become an official regional affiliate of ASA.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500
Featured Upcoming Event: ASA’s Legislative Fly-In
Join us in Washington April 14 – 15 for ASA’s Legislative Fly-In.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500
Why Choose an ESOP?
When it comes to deciding upon an exit strategy, owners of closely held businesses have a lot to think about.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Be aware of new OSHA reporting rules
Change is here.
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0500
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Communicating a crisis
<p> During my years in reputation management counseling and as a journalist, I discovered that few organizations have a formal crisis communications plan.</p>
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:15:00 -0400
Five keys to unlocking profitable growth
<p> Too often, distributors&rsquo; sales and marketing resources are tied down doing the same old things when they could be working in much more powerful ways.</p>
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Making the best of your industry partnerships
<p> Being an industry partner to organizations such as the American Supply Association comes with a tremendous level of responsibility.</p>
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Rise up and conquer the challenge
<p> Every person in Americahas some sort of connection with a military veteran or an active duty serviceman or servicewoman.</p>
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Useful apps for the plumbing industry
<p> Phones or smartphones from Android to Apple iPhones have become the standards in our lives.</p>
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Master showroom basics
<p> <span class="ColumnOpeningSent"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">By consulting and giving training workshops I</span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"> </span><span class="ColumnOpeningSent"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">get</span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"> to see firsthand what&rsquo;s going on out there in the industry. &nbsp;</span></p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Maximize your warehouse
<p> <span class="ColumnHeadlineBold"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Amazon Supply still is not selling china or </span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">fiberglass, but it does offer more than 54,000 fittings, valves, tubing, pumps and meters.</span></p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Disruption is all about changing the rules
<p> According to a recent report, one million sales reps will lose their jobs to e-commerce by 2020.</p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Why use true RMS meters?
<p> We all should be grateful Nicolai Tesla beat out Thomas Edison in his bid to provide the first major electrical service to parts of our country.</p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Commodity prices due to rebound
<p> While first-quarter commodity prices were deeply embroiled in &ldquo;bearish&rdquo; territory during 2015&rsquo;s first four months, a rebound is likely in the making later in the year.</p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
How to heat old churches
<p> A few issues ago I wrote about the chaos caused by installing motorized zone valves in older steam-heating systems found in places of worship.</p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
ASA Education Foundation to conduct national labor study
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">The ASAEF Board of Trustees approved the funding of an exciting new study.</span></p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Building bridges, advancing our future
<p> Advancing the interestsof our members and industry has been a driving force for the American Supply Association, our staff and volunteer leaders.</p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Industry volunteers examine the future of training and education
<p> <span class="ArticlestartHaylee"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In April,</span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"> the ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees met in Chicago to continue its work to develop and deliver quality training programs to advance the ability of member employees.</span></p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
ASA on the road for annual member blitz
<p> Ten of theAmerican Supply Association&rsquo;s 14 staff members recently divided into four teams for its fourth-annual member and prospect blitz.</p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Have you jumped into the benefits of the American Supply Association?
<p> <span class="ColumnOpeningSent"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In my first letter of the year as ASA</span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"> president, I established my theme for 2015 as an invitation to Jump in Now.</span></p>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Former ASA president Herb Strong dies
<p> Herb Strong Jr., retired president of Indianapolis-based Economy Plumbing Supply and former American Supply Association president, died June 24.</p>
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:00 -0400
Milwaukee Tool invests $35 million in U.S. manufacturing
<p> Company expands Greenwood, Miss., facility.</p>
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:30:00 -0400
Washington goes small in the accomplishment category
<p> <span class="ArticlestartHaylee"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">This spring,</span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"> Congress passed legislation improving building energy efficiency.</span></p>
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
California Faucets two-outlet diverter
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">California Faucets&rsquo; Cal-Green-compliant Style Therm adds water efficiency at affordable luxury.</span></p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:16:52 -0400
Danze showerhead
<p> Danze&rsquo;s Mono Chic 5&rdquo; X 8&rdquo; showerhead has a maximum 2.0 gpm.</p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:59:00 -0400
Neoperl water-saving spray
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">NEOPERL&rsquo;s PCA SLC water-saving spray features a silicon tip.</span></p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Dewalt jobsite spotlight
<p> DEWALT&rsquo;s 20V MAX* cordless jobsite LED spotlight offers bright long-distance lighting as well as cool running temperatures.</p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Utica wall-hung boiler
<p> The Utica SSV is a gas-fired wall-hung stainless-steel modulating condensing boiler.</p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
General Pipe Cleaners trailer jet
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">General Pipe Cleaners&rsquo; Typhoon trailer jet blows away blockages in big lines and long runs.</span></p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Legend Valve forged brass PEX fittings
<p> Legend expands its offering of no-lead PEX fittings with the addition of larger sizes as well as new and unique configurations.</p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Mansfield pedestal lavatory
<p> Mansfield Plumbing&rsquo;s Verona pedestal lavatory measures 18 1/2&rdquo; by 17 1/4&rdquo; and features an integral rear overflow with 4&rdquo; faucet centers.</p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Bonomi wafer-style check valves
<p> Bonomi wafer-body double-door check valves are suitable for HVAC and light industrial applications.</p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Milwaukee Tool jobsite organizer
<p> Milwaukee Tool&rsquo;s jobsite organizer has eight small and two large removable bins that can be mounted on common jobsite materials by utilizing integrated screw slots.</p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Grundfos suction pumps
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Grundfos line of LCSE split-coupled end-suction pump is suited for new commercial HVAC/R applications and retrofits.</span></p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
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Plumbing, HVACR winners named in 2015 SkillsUSA competition
<p> Nearly 6,100 secondary and post-secondary career and technical education students competed in more than 100 trades contests.</p>
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400
RPA offers business management courses to members
<p> Members have the opportunity to take courses at discounted rates.</p>
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Milwaukee Tool invests $35 million in U.S. manufacturing
<p> Company expands Greenwood, Miss., facility.</p>
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:30:00 -0400
Plumbing & Mechanical's 2015 Rep of the Year: Pepco Sales & Marketing
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">This Dallas-based rep firm strives to be the trusted advisor for area plumbing and mechanical contractors.&nbsp;</span></p>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Lochinvar expands CON·X·US remote connectivity platform
Lochinvar has extended its exclusive CON·X·US remote connectivity platform to the KNIGHT Boiler family.
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Jomar Valve brass expansion PEX ball valve
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Bollente trutankless whole-home tankless water heaters
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Geo-Flo geothermal integrated buffer tank
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Sloan Valve high-efficiency toilet
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Watts Water Technologies green roof drains
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Bosch Thermotechnology residential gas condensing boiler
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
AquaMotion user-controlled hot water
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Kohler hydrotherapy freestanding tub
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Aquabrass hand-painted bathtubs
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Jacuzzi freestanding bath collection
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
American Standard deep-soaking freestanding tubs
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Aquatic minimalist tub design
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Hastings Tile & Bath tub and pedestal sink collection
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Tool Tips: Smartphone uses, power snake holder, baseboard heating element
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Tool Tips &mdash; June 2015</span></p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
A perfect union of sales and marketing systems
<p> Successful sales and marketing systems are critical for service business success.</p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Marketing in the service call
<p> Four important steps in nurturing new relationships with your customers.</p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
The liquid natural gas boom
<p> EPA could restrict fracking on government land.</p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Truck of the Month: Drain Buster's Plumbing, Los Osos, Calif.
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Celebrating its fourth anniversary, Drain Buster&rsquo;s Plumbing in Los Osos, Calif., is <span class="PMBoldBody"><span style="line-height: 115%;">Miles Morrison</span></span>&rsquo;s part of the American dream.</span></p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
7 tips to find the right accountant
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Do your homework to find the right fit for both of you.</span></p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Energizing houses with the power of the sun
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Zero-net-energy housing takes a bill off a homeowner&rsquo;s hands.</span></p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Why new homes burn faster
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Fire sprinklers are the answer to the dangers of today&rsquo;s home fires.</span></p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Controlling wood-fueled biomass boiler systems: Part 2
<p> Every elegant hydronic piping assembly deserves an equally elegant control system.&nbsp;</p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Unisex or gender-neutral public toilets
<p> Redefining the use of public and single-occupant toilet rooms.</p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Five steps to being effective and friendly
<p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">The line between leadership and friendship can be crossed &mdash; carefully.</span></p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
New York City's first technical school
<p> I&rsquo;m honored to be part of New York City&rsquo;s first technical school.&nbsp;</p>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400