I guess that means the results of the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors' National Association's "2002 Duct Fabrication Market Survey," featured in this month's issue, won't be a surprise to many people in the industry. Construction is down. The market for spiral duct is down. The booming economic growth of the 1990s, which led to the proliferation of non-installing, fabrication-only businesses, has given way to a marketplace where many of these fab-only shops are finding it harder to survive.
Jay Bowman, a researcher with FMI Corp., which authored the SMACNA study, suggests maybe shop owners feel guilty about contracting out work when their own employees aren't working.