I think I am starting to believe in this economic recovery.

It’s hard not to after spending the last few months meeting with contractors who are finally starting to feel pretty good about business again.

After attending the AHR Expo in Las Vegas and watching the show set a record for attendance, and meeting with exhibitors in an undeniably positive mood, I went to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s annual conference in San Antonio, and returned to Las Vegas for the International Roofing Expo.

While neither show is as large as the AHR Expo, an advantage is they both offer more opportunities to attend seminars and talk to other contractors about how their businesses are faring.

Many of those I met at both events said their companies appeared to be on an upswing: work was steady or increasing, a trend most said they expected to continue.

It was good to hear. You’ll be able to read our coverage of both shows in a future issue.

Letters - Sheet metal skills still needed

I read your editorial in February’s issue of Snips (“Economic woes make some turn to song,” Editor’s Page) and I agree with you that this recession has been unbelievably tough on a lot of folks. However, here in Buffalo, N.Y., skilled tin knockers and service guys are in really high demand.

I own an employment agency that specializes in construction. Our client companies include all of the trade divisions and without a doubt, HVAC and electricians top the list of job openings. We have standing orders with many of our clients that have instructed us to send them any talented mechanics with good attitudes and they’ll hire them.

Worth noting is that these jobs are at nonunion companies, so some folks may be looking at a pay cut. The trade-off is that these are great folks to work for who really care about their employees.

John Krytus, president

CPGworks-Construction Personnel Group Inc.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Snipsmag poll results

The AHR Expo was in Las Vegas for the first time this year. What do you think is the best host city for the annual HVACR event?

• Chicago – 43 percent

• New York – 29 percent

• Orlando, Fla. – 14 percent

•Other – 14 percent.