ASA and PMI to Join Forces for April Washington Fly-In During the first week of April, leaders of the PHCP and PVF industry will be front and center advocating on issues important to suppliers and manufacturers. For the first time, American Supply Association and Plumbing Manufacturers International will join forces at our industry’s Legislative Fly-In April 9-10 in Washington, D.C. “Following on our tremendous momentum from last year’s convention, ASA is pleased to welcome PMI to this fight during this very influential time,” said Mike Adelizzi, ASA’s executive vice president. PMI CEO/Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens added, “PMI member executives look forward to teaming up with ASA on issues critical to our businesses this April and making our voices heard on Capitol Hill. Over the course of two days, attendees will hear from a member of Congress, a political analyst on the 2014 midterm elections and policy experts about the issues affecting our industry. On the second day, members will spend the day on Capitol Hill in prescheduled meetings with legislators and their staff to advocate for policies that will create jobs and reinvigorate the economy. This information-packed meeting is NOT to be missed. The focus of this year’s efforts will be on: • Renewing expired tax breaks; • Infrastructure investment and retrofits with high-efficiency plumbing products; • Regulatory reform; and • Marketplace Fairness Act. The R&D tax credit and 179 expensing have expired, and there is little doubt businesses such as ours will feel the pinch and be faced with larger tax bills in 2014. Congress must address and reinstate these provisions before it is too late. Other issues include the need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, as well as addressing issues such as responsible retrofitting of water products. Before pursuing new efficiency standards, our industry can educate Congress on the fact that market penetration for existing high-efficiency products remains as low as 5%. PMI estimates at least 3 billion gal. Of water per day in savings would be achieved – about 7% of total publicly supplied water – by retrofitting pre-1992 toilets, showerheads, faucets and urinals in residences and buildings with products meeting the current law, as well as WaterSense-labeled products. “I look forward to bringing this message to the Hill alongside our customers and channel partners in distribution,” said Todd Talbot, president of Fluidmaster. Another issue important to preserving the traditional distribution channel is passing the Marketplace Fairness Act. For too long, Internet sellers have gotten away with an unfair price advantage. Unlike brick-and-mortar businesses, they do not have to collect and remit sales taxes, giving them an 8% to 10% price advantage. “The marketplace has changed from what it was a decade ago. Now, we’re seeing Internet retailers coming up with virtual representations of bathrooms for customers and showing them what their new bathroom is going to look like right there on the computer screen. What happens to the wholesaler? What does the Internet mean to brick-and-mortar businesses five years down the road?” asked 2014 ASA President John Strong (President of Indianapolis-based Economy Plumbing Supply). We believe the wholesaler can win on product knowledge, but with the Internet effectively eliminating overhead, coupled with the price advantage allowed by government policies, now is the time to confront this issue once and for all. Mark your calendars to join us in April and encourage others to participate as well. To learn more about the ASA-PMI Legislative Fly-In, please contact Dan Hilton with ASA at firstname.lastname@example.org and Stephanie Salmon with PMI at email@example.com. Former Seal Team Six Leader O’Neill Confirmed for NetworkASA 2014 Joining FOX NFL’s Jimmy Johnson on the list of confirmed speakers for NetworkASA 2014 is former Navy Seal Robert O’Neill. O’Neill is one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of our time. He was a team leader and operator with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, otherwise known as Seal Team Six. With most of his career shrouded in a “classified” cloak, O’Neill was the man on the ground that we have never heard of but know exists. He has deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. O’Neill has led the military’s most elite, having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, and was involved with many of our nation’s most important campaigns. A full NetworkASA 2014 program brochure is being finalized, so please watch your mail and www.asa.net/Networking for more details in the coming weeks. Welcome ASA’s Newest Members ASA is proud to announce these companies have joined as its newest members: >> Coastal Plumbing Supply Staten Island, N.Y. www.coastalplumbingsupply.com >> Inter County Supply Port Chester, N.Y. www.icsny.com >> Mayer Malbin Co. Long Island City, N.Y. www.mayermalbin.com >> M & L Supply Spokane, Wash. www.mlsupply.com >> Gibson Products Houston, Texas www.gibsonproducts.com >> Jomar Valve Warren, Mich. www.jomarvalve.com >> Jones Stephens Corp. Moody, Ala. www.jonesstephens.com All industry owners, executives and their employees stand to benefit from the wide variety of programs, services and resources available through an annual corporate membership in ASA. Using the vertical navigation menu on the left side of www.asa.net/Membership, click for more information as it pertains to your company’s role in the PHCP-PVF supply chain. Please contact ASA Executive Director Chris Murin at 630/467-0000, ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how your company will benefit from its sustained membership support and participation.
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