If you’re a regular reader of The Fabricator Blog, you may know what's coming. It's that time of the year when I parody a holiday tune to reflect the times, or as my mother would say, "murderize" the song. She always remarked on singers taking a standard and covering it poorly as "murderizing" it. Well, Mother, I'm guilty as charged. Probably should be on death row.
Before launching into new lyrics for the song "Let It Snow" — thanks for the inspiration, Avon and Joe! — I'd like to share some relatively positive statistics from yesterday's "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter.
It's also that time of the year when we survey metal fabricators about their business conditions and concerns. Their responses are reported in a state-of-the-industry article on thefabricator.com each January. (Be looking for that article around the second week of the month.) So far, 26 percent of respondents have said their companies have suffered minimally or not at all from the recession, and 51 percent said business has bottomed out and is picking up – that's 77 percent doing well or getting better.
And now for the traditional bloodletting. Forgive me, Mother.
Let It Grow! Happy Holidays!
Oh, the old year's quickly ending
The new one’s soon beginning
We’re weary of the status quo
The economy has to grow!
We’ve heard things are getting better
Tell it to the jobless fretter
He won’t believe it’s so
Not until he earns some dough!
When we finally have more jobs
That pay more than minimum wage
There will be fewer sobs
And good news on the front page!
So, while we’re remaining hopeful
We won’t be too cheerful
Until the economy grows
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow!
Custom fabricating shops see all kinds of jobs, large and small. Flexibility is important. But when a small job results in multiple changes that require a revised quote and the customer isn’t happy, it might be better to let the job go. Yes, you need to please customers, but you also need to make money.
En asociación con la firma MR Technical Translations de México, FMA Communications ha introducido al mercado la edición en Español de la revista The FABRICATOR. Esta versión consiste del mismo tipo de artículos técnicos y sección de lanzamientos de nuevos productos que actualmente presentan el personal de primera categoría de FABRICATOR en Inglés.