Industrial Heating's Economic Indicators for October continued their strong positive trend with all indicators well in excess of 50. October marks the first time that all four indicators have been above 50 for three consecutive months, indicating a sustained growth pattern. October 2003 index numbers reflect the changes experienced by responding companies as they compare their October 2003 business levels to September 2003 levels. Change in number of Request for Proposals from September to October is 57.0, change in Number of Orders from September to October is 55.8, change in Backlog from September to October is 54.9 and Expected Change in the Health of the Thermal Processing Industry through November is 57.0. A number above 50.0 indicates increased activity or growth. A number below 50.0 indicates 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 375 industry suppliers are faxed a 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 - tel: 412-531-3370, or by email: These results are also published monthly on the editorial page of Industrial Heating.