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St. Louis and Baltimore hosting leadership events The Midwest Distributors Association (MwDA) and the Wholesalers Association of the Northeast (WANE) will be holding executive leadership conferences in June. The MwDA event is June 12-14 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and the WANE event will be held June 27-29 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Md. In addition to a vendor showcase and updates from ASA President Scott Weaver and Director of Government Affairs Dan Hilton, an up-to-the-minute economic industry outlook will be provided by Associated General Contractors of America Chief Economist Ken Simonson. For more details, visit www.asa.net or contact Chris Murin at 630/467-0000, ext. 204. HARDI U.S. regions showing growth Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International recently announced North American HVACR average distributor sales for February 2012 increased 9.6%. HARDI's Monthly TRENDS Report shows growth in all seven U.S. regions, with three reporting doubledigit increases. Canadian distributors, according to the report, had one of their better months in recent times after a slight January decline, but not enough to keep its annual growth rate in positive territory. U.S.-only distributor sales were up 9.7% for the month. WIT conference fosters optimism WIT's 2012 Distributor/Vendor Conference attracted nearly 700 attendees to the Hilton Anatole in Dallas in early April. WIT officials estimated more than 6,000 individual wholesaler-vendor meetings would take place during the conference. "Things are very positive and are certainly better than they were last year," WIT Executive Vice President and COO Charlie Moorhead told Supply House Times in a video interview available at www.supplyht.com. "We've experienced double-digit growth coming out of the first couple of months of this year and most manufacturers and suppliers we have talked to are seeing the same thing. There are still spots in the country that are a little bit behind the curve, but overall we're seeing business much improved in 2012." Moorhead added the unusually warm spring weather in parts of the country has played a role in the increased business. "Work that has started in the Midwest and Northeast would (usually) not have started by now," he said. "We're also seeing multifamily and commercial (work increase) and the banks are loosening up a little bit, especially with small businesses." In addition to talks from Keith A. Friede on health care and keynote speaker Todd Buchholz on the economy and the current political landscape in the United States during the Distributor General Session, WIT revealed its list of top 20 owners in terms of volume for 2011. Minneapolis-based Goodin Co. Topped the list. The rest of the top 10 included Plumbing Distributors (No. 10), Wm. F. Meyer Co. (No. 9), Rampart Supply (No. 8), Northside Plumbing Supply (No. 7), Security Supply Co. (No. 6), Canyon Pipe & Supply (No. 5), General Plumbing Supply (No. 4), Cregger Co. (No. 3) and Consolidated Supply Co. (No. 2). Twenty companies also were honored with a WIT Purchasing Award, given to those companies that exceeded $1 million in 2011. WIT's Fall Networking Meeting for distributors will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix. WIT's 2013 Distributor/Vendor Conference returns to the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, April 1-5, 2013. NAW report paints positive picture National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors' annual report shows total wholesale trade in the U.S. had a strong year of growth in 2011. NAW Senior Economic Advisor Alan Beaulieu reports in his State of the Wholesale Distribution Industry Report overall sales increased 14.7% in 2011 for total sales of $4.8 trillion. Employment in the industry increased 1.7% in 2011 to 5.6 million workers. Beaulieu forecasts a modest business cycle rise for 2012. "Leading indicators are currently moving higher or, at least, remain in positive territory," he stated in his report. "Furthermore, employment is on the rise, retail sales are running above year-earlier levels and business-tobusiness new orders continue to carry the day. Even housing is beginning to provide a contribution to the economy's 2012 trend probabilities."
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