Michael Adelizzi 2017-04-05 02:14:16
Expanding Our Leadership to Become Indispensable TEN YEARS AGO, the association’s volunteer leaders and professional staff, gathered in St. Petersburg Fla., to map out a long-range vision for both the association and the industry. Each year since, ASA leadership continues to gather to assess the role of ASA in driving change toward building a stronger industry and helping our members succeed. Once again, ASA leadership met, this time in rain-soaked Napa, Calif., to continue to map out where we have been and more importantly, where ASA leadership will continue to take the industry. As we began our sessions, the leadership reflected back on a decade of strategic governance that has resulted in ASA becoming more widely recognized for advancing our members’ ability to be stronger competitors in their markets and better positioned to succeed in the future. (See the list of accomplishments on pg 74) During our recent meeting, several new initiatives emerged that will enable the association to expand influence in four Critical areas. Building close working relationships with customers and their associations has long been a priority for our leadership. It is through these close working relationships that our members gain a competitive advantage. Building on this theme, ASA volunteers look to provide leadership, information and education on cutting-edge technologies that exist, and to assist members to better utilize technology to deepen understanding of customer trends and needs and to get closer to customers. ASA leadership has allocated resources to ramp up efforts to reach and educate potential workers on the career opportunities that exist in our industry and to work to attract those career seekers. Motivated by the results of the Labor study the association conducted that sounded alarms about the looming shortages in our future labor force, our leadership now looks to expand current efforts to educate and attract potential employees. Greater educational outreach to schools and military, and stronger engagement by members and industry partners over the next few years is a focus of our revised plan. This past year, the association expanded advocacy efforts by becoming active in codes and standards to provide leadership representing the membership. ASA volunteers look to deepen our leadership in this area by making sure that members are educated on the process and the issues facing the industry, and ensuring that the interests and voice of members are represented as issues are debated. It has never been more important to be engaged in Washington and the results of the election has placed business and industry issues now in play. For the first time in years, our industry can play offense in getting our issues passed and implemented. A stronger effort will be implemented by the association to enlist members and industry partners in the advocacy process. With thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of people building careers in the PHCP and PVF industry, ASA will seek to leverage this strength in fighting for industry issues over the next several years. ASA’s strategic planning process and the results from it have enabled the association to come a very long way toward building the brand of ASA throughout the industry. Today, based on survey results, ASA is once again looked to as a leader of the industry, especially in the area of advocacy, education, areas recruitment and business intelligence. It is through our strategic governance process that is sufficiently plan-focused, flexible and depoliticized that ASP has radically expanded its value proposition. It is what’s driving us today and it is core to the association’s relevance moving forward. Learn more: asa.net email@example.com | 630.467.0000 Get off the Sidelines and Get Involved! THE OVERWHELMING THEME at this year’s Winter Leadership Meeting was a call to get more involved. Specifically, with ASA’s advocacy goals of increasing engagement, influencing public policy and improving the business environment in our communities. Congress has finally pivoted away from the president’s first 100 days, confirmed his cabinet and gotten down to the business of legislating. Already, the House has taking serious steps to overhauling health care, with stumbles occurring right out of the gate. Conservatives in the House and across the country are crying foul, charging the legislation as “Obamacare-Lite,” so it remains to be seen how this will shape out. Unsurprising, as large and complicated as it is, it’s legislation that must go through three committees, because it is law that’s enforced by three agencies. None of this can or should take place in a vacuum. The opportunities to shape this legislation as it’s written are numerous and surprisingly rather simple. Through ASA’s webpage, you and more importantly your employees can contact your elected officials with the simple push of a button. We have prepared pre-written, pre-addressed and pre-formatted letters that enable you to express your opinion and stand up for your company and your industry. Meet with your legislature in person! Whether it be on your home turf or theirs, never forget that you’re at the tip of the spear in this economy and represent thousands of stakeholders that’ll be impacted by their decisions. ASA will be hosting its annual Legislative Flyin on June 13-14 and invites you to come and use your voice. In addition to Washington’s impact, ASA has also increased its participating in California policy-making and will be hosting its event on May 31–June 1. Finally, we’ve made tremendous strides and have set big expectations for ASA’s Political Action Committee, ASA PAC. ASA PAC. Gone are the days of printing, faxing and submitting checks. We’re pleased to be able to offer not only online contributions, but to keep us FEC compliant, online authorization forms. Never forget, that ASA PAC is the only political action committee speaking for PHCP-PVF distributors and manufacturers. There is nobody else in Washington speaking for you like ASA PAC. Your understanding of the issues and experience in this industry can help guide decision-makers on Capitol Hill. But no matter how strong, one voice is often overpowered by the multitude of competing priorities in Washington. ASA PAC allows you to join with hundreds of others in the PHCP-PVF industry to speak with a united voice. Should ASA sit idly by and allow major influencers like the Chamber of Commerce speak for us? Or should we step up and effect change for ourselves? Don’t delay, join us today! The Next Generation of Leaders SO MUCH OF THE RECENT FOCUS has been on finding the next generation of the workforce. But, another huge focus for a while now has been developing this next generation, into future leaders. There are always going to be big questions about the future of the industry. Will families stay in the business? Will new faces to the industry stick around? One thing we’ve learned is this younger generation wants to be challenged and they want their employers to invest in their growth. ASA’s Young Executives Division provides a great platform for these industry up-and-comers to develop leadership skills and challenge themselves to think critically. It allows young industry professionals the opportunity to build key relationships and to work together through education and networking opportunities, which will set them up for a career in this industry. Being around their peers, in similar roles and businesses across the country, gives them access to bounce ideas off each other, solve common issues, and build lifelong relationships. The Yes have helped shape the careers of many of our current industry leaders. “The YE Spring Forum’s educational aspect has provided me with the skill set necessary for my advancement from project manager, to branch management, and to my current position as CEO. The relationships I’ve made through YE have helped me to navigate my company through the recession as well as taught me how to strategize, communicate with others, and stay focused on the end goals. Without these relationships and valuable education, I would still be a project manager at Valley Supply Co.” Rogers Earl Jr., Valley Supply Co. Find out more about the ASA Young Executives Division at asa.net/YE. 2017 Young Executives Officers Council Chairman: Patrick Maloney, Coburn Supply Co. Vice Chairman: Chris Reynolds, Plumbers & Factory Supplies AJ Benton, Smardan-Hatcher Co. Michael Laudino, Aaron & Company Michael Maloney, Coburn Supply Co. Dan New, Mid-City Supply Co. Brian DiVincenzo, Oatey Supply Chain Services (VMD) David Dellon, Dellon Sales Co. (AIM/R) 2016 KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS Added ASA leadership in codes and standards arena. Became a voting member on IAPMO WeStand Water Efficiency Standard; NFPA 54 National Fuel Gas Code; NFPA 58 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code; ACCA Codes Committee and ASHRAE Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Engaged in key state-level advocacy with launch of first ASA Sacramento Day. Continued to lead the industry by facilitating buying group AD’s Washington, D.C. congressional visits. Led industry stakeholders into White House meeting to scale back the burdensome and controversial overtime regulations. Held numerous webinars and alerted members to the ongoing rush of regulations in the final days of the Obama Administration. Contacted 40,000 guidance counselors, monthly, about career opportunities that exist in the PHCP and PVF industry. Expanded ASA U Advisory Service and Master of Distribution Management Program. Launched new Fire Protection Systems course in partnership with ASPE. Added new manufacturer product-specific content to ASA U Online. Updated Essentials courses for warehouse and showroom personnel. Expanded training library to include 12 new courses on teamwork, selling essentials, conflict management, ethics and more. Stakeholder Discussions to Control Impurities in End-of-Life Brass Scrap ON FEB. 21, 2017, the Copper Development Association held a summit where ASA along with other stakeholders gathered to discuss the recycling of lead-free brass products. As introduced on January 2014, EPA requires the maximum lead content for the wetted surfaces of plumbing products used in potable water to be 0.25%. Prior to the January 2014 amendment, the maximum lead content was 8%. To comply with the amendment, manufacturers, rod and bar stock producers replaced the lead in the material with other elements such as bismuth, silicon, tellurium, etc. Due to the many types of lead-free alloy products in the market, it is becoming a challenge to identify what type of leadfree alloy products are being recycled. If this issue is not addressed, it may create the process of material difficult and eventually create materials containing larger amount of impurities. According to the CDA, “It is important to keep leaded brass scrap separate from scrap used to produce lead-free brasses which should not contain lead by definition. Even within lead-free scrap, strict segregation is needed to keep scrap containing certain elements such as silicon and bismuth separate. These elements can irreversibly concentrate up over time in the metal stream and are impossible to remove from the melt with economic production technology. The presence of any undesirable impurities can cause problems such as hot shortness which causes expensive failures during casting and hot extrusion.” According to an article written by Scrap Magazine, elements such as “bismuth has a negative effect on “several physical characteristics of the copper, making it useless for applications that are really widespread such as wire,” writes Dirk Goris of secondary smelter Metallo- Chimique (Beerse, Belgium). According to the CDA’s report, bismuth is a “potent embrittler of high-copper alloys,” which means it is “critical to avoid mixing bismuth brass scrap with the cast engineering alloys such as the aluminum bronzes or copper-nickel alloys.” If the bismuth content in smelting operations exceeds the desired level for certain applications, the only solution is dilution. “Some scrap contaminated with undesirable impurities can sometimes be diluted so that the impurity level is reduced to an acceptable range for smelting,” Goris writes. Alloys that contain 1.5% to 3.5% t bismuth would require a dilution of at least 150 to 300 times with bismuth-free scrap to reduce the bismuth content of the copper anodes to the target level of 1 part per million. “In practice,” Goris adds, “a much higher dilution is required since some bismuth is already present in the common copper scrap.” At the CDA summit, many ideas were circulated and discussed such as the possibility of a universal marking to identify lead-free products containing bismuth, silicon, etc. It also was discussed that the industry already marks brass products as lead-free (“LF”) or no-lead (“NL”), as well as that the product may contain compliance labels such as NSF 372. However, the consistency is lacking and marks do not indicate what type of alloy is used. Markings on products are intended to inform the consumer that the product is safe and that it meets the minimum safety standards. The consumer, at the end of the day, is not concerned whether the product contains silicon or bismuth; all the consumer is concerned about is the product is safe for use and that it contains no lead. Therefore, the recycling of lead-free products may be an issue that can be solved between the mills, suppliers/ manufacturers and the scrap industry; and not involve a universal marking. Automated sensor-based sortation technology also was discussed. Two viable methods for sorting mixed brass scrap are laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence. These methods can be used by the scrap industry to sort and identify materials prior to sending to manufacturers or mills. This solution seems attainable since sensor-based sortation technology is commercially available and is likely capable of segregating different alloy types in mixed primary and secondary brass scrap. While sorting solutions are available, an additional processing step is required, which will eventually add cost to the consumer. Though no concrete recommendations came from the CDA summit, it is an important issue and ASA appreciates the opportunity to participate. ASA plans to continue participating in the CDA discussions and to be fully engaged so that the interests and concerns of ASA members are heard. In the meantime, CDA indicated it will continue to look at the benefits and barriers discussed at the summit to determine the next steps. A copy of the slides used during the CDA stakeholder summit can be obtained here. ASA members wishing to voice their opinions on this issue and for questions pertaining to the recycling of lead-free brass products, please contactn Hugo Aguilar, P.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org. I AM ASA "ASA gives me an opportunity to network with other members across the country, meet vendors and establish valuable relationships. Having a voice in Washington allows me to learn about issues that will have an affect on our business as well as to help relieve those issues." – Patrick Maloney Coburn Supply Co. Beaumont, Texas Learn more: www.asa.net/Join-ASA email@example.com 630.467.0000, press 5
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