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Delivering America’s critical resources of water, natural gas and oil is an important role of the PHCP and PVF industry. When our delivery is fl awless, no one notices.Any interruption of delivery, however, often becomes headline news. Our industry knows all too well that our nation’s infrastructure has been in a steady decline for decades. We also know that this threatens to interrupt the fl ow of our vital resources. Municipal, state and national leaders have long ignored the badly needed revitalization of the infrastructure that delivers water and gas to American homes and businesses. Oil companies are deterred from expanding badly needed refi nery capacity through endless regulatory red tape. This is not to mention the opposition from environmentalists who have an unchecked infl uence in Washington.Furthermore, we scratch our heads in confusion as short-term solutions to the need for America’s energy independence through the passage of pipelines are vetoed at a time when foreign sources of oil are threatened by escalating uncertainty overseas. ASA members and our government affairs staff are already working with other allied groups to push for increased investment in our nation’s infrastructure from Washington, D.C. We are helping to create solutions by expanding energy needs. A large part of this is better management of our fossil fuels here at home; including making sure they are delivered where they are needed. While we are all concerned over sensible environmental issues, we cannot let that be a deterrent to ensuring America’s independence over secure foreign sources. This includes our Canadian friends to the north.Establishing working relationships with allied customer groups beyond just our Washington efforts will strengthen our industry’s ability to be a part of the solution. New innovative publications such as PVF Outlook and soon-tobe- introduced Plumbing Business Outlook (PB Outlook) will be some of our industry’s most vital links toward building those important partnerships. PVF Outlook, which is a project of the American Supply Association’s Industrial Piping Division (IPD), issued its inaugural magazine to roughly 20,000 PVF industry customers such as mechanical contractors, oil and chemical firms as well as large industrial customers this past July. The second issue of PVF Outlook will be published in mid-November. PB Outlook will be a project of the American Supply Association’s Plumbing Division.This publication will specifically target plumbing contractors, homebuilders, developers and engineers. The inaugural issue of PB Outlook will be published in early 2013. These two highly professional publications will be an integral part of ASA’s Business Success Goal of increasing the number of customers recognizing that ASA members enable them to prosper. They will enable our association to connect and cultivate working relationships with customer groups. Over the next few years, our members will be able to leverage the success of the Outlook publications and the trust that industry customers will gain from the informational content in each issue. We are excited about the possibilities that these new publications will provide to the ASA membership. We also are proud of the century of dependable service that assures our nation when a faucet is turned on or a gas pump is used, product flows without notice of how it got there. Our members stand ready to partner with our customers and their representatives as we work toward providing more valuable solutions. Our goal is that over the next 100 years, Americans will have the same level of dependability to which they have become accustomed. The American Supply Association is ready to lead the way. LEGISLATIVE ALERT EPA Takes First Steps Toward Implementing Lead Law – ASA Weighs In Are you preparing to go lead-free? Whether you are a distributor or manufacturer, the Clean Water Act and the changes made to it by the Safe Drinking Water Act will play a vital role in your business. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires only lead-free pipe, solder or flux may be used in the installation or repair of a public water system, or any plumbing in a residential or non-residential facility providing water for human consumption. “Lead-free” under the SDWA means solders and flux may not contain more than 0.2% lead. Pipe, pipe fittings and well pumps may not contain more than 8% lead. Beginning in January 2014, changes to the SDWA will further reduce the maximum allowable lead content of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures to 0.25%. On August 16, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a stakeholder forum regarding this important issue. As a follow-up to its stakeholder forum, the EPA sought input from interested parties. ASA weighed in by making clear the need for wholesale distributors to have additional time to clear their shelves of the potentially millions of dollars in product they hold. Our letter stated, “By allowing distributors, many of whom are small, independent and multi-generational, the opportunity to effectively clear their shelves, they can continue meeting the needs of their customers. ASA supports a phased approach that would allow for dual inventories to remain on our members’ shelves while they work with their channel partners to meet the new demands of this law.” In the coming months, while the EPA digests the feedback it receives from multiple stakeholders, it is expected to develop a draft rule. At this time, stakeholders will once again be welcome and encouraged to offer their views on how this law will impact their businesses. Those interested in getting involved should contact Dan Hilton, ASA Director of Government Affairs at 703/ 328-5234 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the “Regulatory Issues” button in the Advocacy section of www.asa.net for more information. Beschloss to be Honored with Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award Industry veteran Morris Beschloss will be honored with the American Supply Association’s Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented during NetworkASA 2012 at the ASA Annual Member Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando. The award, given at the discretion of ASA’s Executive Committee, is presented to individuals with a long history of service and dedication to the PHCP and PVF industry.Previous award recipients, who have all demonstrated a long history of significant industry accomplishment, service to ASA and/or the ASA Education Foundation and have had a strong personal influence on the current status of the channel, are: Fred Keenan, for whom the award was named, Karl Neupert, Ed Felten, John McDonald, John Martin, Frank Finkel and most recently, Nick Giuffre, who received the award last year during NetworkASA 2011 in Las Vegas. Industry veteran Morris Beschloss will be honored with the American Supply Association’s Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented during NetworkASA 2012 at the ASA Annual Member Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando. The award, given at the discretion of ASA’s Executive Committee, is presented to individuals with a long history of service and dedication to the PHCP and PVF industry.Previous award recipients, who have all demonstrated a long history of significant industry accomplishment, service to ASA and/or the ASA Education Foundation and have had a strong personal influence on the current status of the channel, are: Fred Keenan, for whom the award was named, Karl Neupert, Ed Felten, John McDonald, John Martin, Frank Finkel and most recently, Nick Giuffre, who received the award last year during NetworkASA 2011 in Las Vegas. Mr. Beschloss’ lifetime of dedication to building a stronger industry spans more than 50 years. His involvement continues today as one of the founders of the highly successful PVF Roundtable quarterly networking dinner, as well as his regular authorship of many insightful articles in industry publications and blogs. In addition, he played key roles on various boards and as chairman of the PHC Information Bureau (throughout the 1970s) and the Valve Manufacturers Association (also in the 70s). He started the Beschloss Perspective in 1981, and later wrote for publication such as ASA News and Supply House Times. He continues to be involved with ASA’s Industrial Piping Division, and just last year received the IPD’s Award of Excellence. “Morrie’s illustrious background is full of great examples of his dedication and service to the industry. Because he is in his early 80s and still very active in several capacities, it is very easy to overlook how long he has actually been involved,” ASA Executive Vice President Michael Adelizzi said. “His various blogs and the Beschloss Perspective still provide guidance and clarity to many. He is an excellent choice to receive this prestigious honor.”
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