As I write this column in mid-March, my busy winter travel season is winding down, just as temperatures start to rise in much of the country.

I’d say it’s great to see the end of another cold, snowy Midwest winter, but as anyone who lives in that part of the country knows, this winter has been neither cold nor snowy - and I’m not complaining.

We’ve had near-record high temperatures and record-low snow totals. The thermometer is dancing around 70°F today - more than 20 degrees above normal for southeastern Michigan. I’m not sure what such mild late winter weather means for HVAC companies, but people I spoke to at recent events such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s annual convention were in a pretty good mood about business prospects. I hope it bodes well for the rest of the industry, and year.

Letters - Great job

Congratulations on an excellent issue to celebrate 80 years of Snips magazine. I have some that date back to the early 1980s.

The article I liked the most was the one on Arnold Kieffer and the pictures of his shop and him doing a little layout work. In today’s sheet metal mechanic world, most could not lay out a joint of straight duct without having a notching machine handy.

What would they do if someone needed an offset square to round - or as the new computerized layout machines call them, “RTRs”?

Is it at all possible for you to rerun the ’ol “tin man” pattern? As those of us in the trade are getting to retirement age, we are not being replaced by “metal men” who can take a sheet of metal and make anything out of it.

I know I won’t be around for the next 80-year anniversary issue. But I am here for this one, might make it to the 90th and 100th in 2022 and 2032, maybe for the 110th in 2042. I was born in 1947 so there might be a good chance, but I don’t know why I’d want to live that long.

Snipsmag.com February poll

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming popular ways to market HVAC and sheet metal companies. Which phrase best describes your efforts?

• We are active and have growing numbers of followers on sites such as Twitter and/or Facebook. 15 percent

•  We have a presence on some of the more popular social media websites, but need to do more with them. 62 percent

• We don’t have a social media presence. Facebook is for teenagers. 15 percent

• What is “social media”? We don’t even have a website. 8 percent