The year was all right
There are probably more than a few people out there who are more than happy to see 2016 end. It’s important to consider, though, that 2016 had its bright spots, too, no matter how draining it may have been otherwise.
We kicked off the year at RJ with everything going for us. Last January we received a very optimistic prognostication for the year’s business climate in our 2015 Western Trends Survey. In 2014, the year just passed when the survey came out, contractors reported upswings almost across the board for the third straight year. The rosy outlook continued, as nearly 64% of residential and 60% of commercial contractors predicted additional growth for 2016. Did results meet up with expectations? Check out next month’s issue for the results of the 2016 Western Trends Survey and find out.
Also in January, the industry was ready to meet more stringent water use standards passed by the California Legislature. A cooperative effort between manufacturers, the California Energy Commission and industry associations like Plumbing Manufacturers International, compliant products were on – or on their way to – supply house shelves to meet the deadline with very little drama.
We closed out the first quarter with a backhoe-load of new products from some of the biggest trade shows around – even blizzard-like conditions on the East Coast couldn’t prevent the AHR Expo from breaking attendance records last year. In fact, almost all of the events last year, from the Flow Expo in Long Beach to the ASSE International Meeting in Las Vegas posted notable attendance gains, another indicator the industry is healthy and confident.
The rest of the year featured bright spots, too: the 2016 Green Building Survey, which showed contractors and consumers are still aboard the ‘green’ train; naming Hollabaugh Bros. & Associates of Portland our 2016 Rep of the Year; naming Any Hour Electrical, Plumbing, Heating & Air of Orem, Utah the 2016 Western Contractor of the Year; and, the list goes on.
It’s good to have a look at where we’ve been during the previous year. It’s also good to keep an eye on the future and to be eager to see what’s in store.
See you next month.