If there is anything I’ve learned while covering the HVAC and sheet metal industry, it’s that contractors have an iron will.
If there is anything I’ve learned while
covering the HVAC and sheet metal industry, it’s that
contractors have an iron will.
I’ve been with BNP Media,
Snips’ parent company, for over 10 years. And in that time, I’ve covered
everything from code changes to hiring and retaining workers, to political
issues that impact everyday business for contractors. Currently, we are seeing
the rapid pace in which green technology and building information modeling is
changing the HVAC and sheet metal trade. Change is constant in this
Since I’ve only been writing about the trade for
10 years, I think about the contractors who have seen the industry change over
30, 40 and 50 years. You don’t stay in business that long unless you can cope
with constant change and the ability to deal with new
I believe the best contractors actually thrive
on the change. That is why so many are involved in continuing education. They
want to know what is coming around the bend. They enjoy seeing the way
technology is making the industry more productive and efficient. And instead of
running away from the change they embrace it.
I’ve heard it
said many times by people in the industry that contractors are not very good
about adapting to change. While I think there is some truth to that, I also
think there is truth to the fact that the most successful contractors see the
change and dive in. It’s those contractors that are going to see a profitable
2012 and beyond.
With 2012 in mind, I will be taking a break
from this blog until then. It will be time to enjoy the holiday season and get
some much needed rest. You should do the same. Big changes are bound to take
place next year and I hope we will all be ready to tackle what comes our way.
HVAC, sheet metal contractors are resilient
James J Siegel is the associate editor of SNIPS magazine. He has been with the magazine for eight years and is based in San Francisco.