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A. O. Smith to end manufacturing in Fergus, Ontario

The company expects to consolidate residential and light commercial water heater manufacturing into its other North American facilities.
April 4, 2013
The company expects to consolidate residential and light commercial water heater manufacturing into its other North American facilities.
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Record levels of capital efficiency for ASA members

ASA distributor members are operating at their most efficient level since 2008 on a capital structure.
April 4, 2013
ASA distributor members are operating at their most efficient level since 2008 on a capital structure.
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Final rulings favor Elkay domestic manufacturing operations

U.S. Customs will impose duties on imports of unlawfully traded stainless steel sinks.
March 28, 2013
U.S. Customs will impose duties on imports of unlawfully traded stainless steel sinks.
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Growing labor shortages impede housing and economic recovery

Meanwhile, a lack of buildable lots and increased costs for materials and labor are also contributing to the problem.
March 27, 2013
Growing labor shortages in all facets of the residential construction sector are impeding the housing and economic recovery, according to a new survey conducted by the NAHB.
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Ferguson reports 8% growth in first half of 2013

March 26, 2013

The growth includes price inflation of approximately 1%. Trading profit is 29% ahead of 2012.


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Patience Pays Off

A&B Pipe and Supply’s Aroddy Morejon is a young executive with a bright future.
March 12, 2013
Aroddy Morejon has quite the memory. He also makes quite the first impression.
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Acquisitions…Ferguson

March 12, 2013
Ferguson acquired Fluid Systems Hawaii in an asset transaction. Fluid Systems is a single-location water supply and wastewater drainage products company near Honolulu.
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Omni members optimistic about 2013

March 12, 2013
Omni Corporate Services’ most recent Business Conditions Survey again reveals positive trends in a number of categories. The report was released at the Omni Spring Meeting 2013 in Palm Desert, Calif.
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Take it back

How the warehouse can help customer returns.
March 12, 2013
Thanks to great efforts on the part of supply houses, customers have become accustomed to getting almost all the items they want, in the ordered quantities, at the right prices and when needed.
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Brains behind the operation

Understanding neuroscience can boost sales.
March 12, 2013
“You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.”
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BNP Media's Plumbing Group Visits Grundfos North American Headquarters

BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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How To Use Your Strengths To Fight The Threat Of Amazon Supply

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.

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April 2014

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In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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