May I get a bit personal and ask how business is? In fairness, that question could mean a few things. One would be how healthy things are and your ability to meet all of your costs. It could also touch on issues like your ability to find and keep good people who know this high-temperature thermal-processing business. With those two things in mind, let’s talk.
From where I sit, it looks like your business seems either to be a bit up and down, or it could be suffering from some uncertainty. I’m sure this mixed-up election year is no stabilizer. The reason I say things seem to be up and down comes from our monthly economic indicators. Since early this year, we have had a couple mixed months with more ups than downs. May’s numbers were all down, however, as responders compared their business from March to April. June recovered in all categories, but most numbers are still lower than what was experienced earlier in the year.