The American Supply Association’s Industrial Piping Division (IPD) is steadily building its influence, having added a number of new wholesalers and manufacturers to its membership ranks in 2006. The now 100+ member group calls ASA’s IPD “home,” because it provides them with networking opportunities and PVF industry-specific needs are addressed for this vital industry market.
“We’re really excited to welcome a number of new members to our Executive Council this year, too,” said Dennis Niver of Red Man Pipe & Supply in Tulsa, IPD’s Chairman. “As a result of our Division’s growth and increasing volunteer involvement, we’re going to be expanding our programs and member benefits this year. All of our members are enthusiastically looking forward to our program at “Network’07” in Anaheim this year, which is going to include an expanded PVF focus,” he continued.
As IPD Chairman, Niver presides over an Executive Council comprised of a complement of wholesalers and manufacturers who represent a cross section of the PVF industry. The Council meets three times a year to discuss industry trends and make recommendations for programming that will appeal to IPD members throughout the industry.
Twice each year, Council members contribute to the “ASA IPD Commodity Reports,” a summary of market conditions and analysis within the areas of carbon steel pipe, stainless steel, valves, copper tube, grooved/malleable fittings and plastics. In addition, IPD members keenly follow the “Materials Market Digest,” the monthly publication authored by Ed Scott, Jr., which follows the raw materials markets so critical to a PVF business’ profitability.
Inge Calderon, ASA’s executive vice president, says that the IPD Council members also prove to be an invaluable resource in the development of educational tools, such as the “Industrial Valves” specialty course (part of the ProductPro™ series of certificate programs).
The Division’s chief staff liaison, Amy Black, who is also ASA’s Director of Membership, enjoys working with the IPD Executive Council whom she refers to as “some of the hardest working volunteers in our association. I really enjoy working with the IPD members because they are enthusiastic about their participation and really know how to get the most benefit out of their involvement,” she said.
For more information about the Industrial Piping Division, contact Amy Black at 312-464-0090, ext. 210, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2007 IPD EXECUTIVE COUNCILCHAIRMAN:
Dennis Niver,Red Man Pipe & Supply Co., Tulsa, OK
Pat Adams, Missouri-Kansas Supply Co., Kansas City, MO
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN:
Gary Ittner, McJunkin Corp., Charleston, WV
Bob Arison, All-Tex Pipe & Supply Co., Dallas, TX
Jeffrey Beall, American Pipe & Supply, Inc., Birmingham, AL
Amy Black, ASA Director of Membership/IPD Liaison
Robert Braig, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., Newport News, VA
Tim Collins, Pipe-Valves, Inc., Columbus, OH
Larry Dildine, The Phoenix Forge Group, Catasauqua, PA
Rick Giannini, Milwaukee Valve, New Berlin, WI
Alan Lipp, Merit Brass, Cleveland, OH
Guy Mersereau, Westlund, Div. of Hajoca, Edmonton, AB
Sheldon Nierman, Independent Pipe & Supply, Canton, MA
Jim Owsley, Wilson Industries, Houston, TX
Gerald Slattery, Wheatland Tube Co., Collingswood, NJ
Gary Stratiner, Puget Sound Pipe & Supply, Kent, WA
Robert Vick, Legend Valve & Fittings, Birmingham, AL