Industrial Heating's monthly economic indicators for April 2006 experienced a slight decrease over last month's numbers but still show signs of increased activity. April 2006 index numbers reflect the changes experienced by responding companies as they compare their April business levels to March levels.

April 2006 Index Numbers:
Change in number of Request for Proposals from March to April: 57.8
Change in Number of Orders from March to April: 55.9
Change in Backlog from March to April: 55.3
Expected Change in the Health of Thermal Processing Industry through May: 54.1

A number above 50.0 indicates increased activity or growth. A number below 50.0 indicated decreased activity or a decline in growth. Look for these numbers, along with historical values, on the editorial page of the next issue of Industrial Heating.

Roughly 1,200 industry suppliers are contacted via e-mail to participate in a web-based survey the first full week of each month. If you are an industry supplier and would like to participate in this monthly survey, please contact Industrial Heating publisher Doug Glenn by phone: 412-306-4351 or