Time is going fast. Snips has wrapped its December issue and we are hard at work on our January issue, which will give you a preview of this year’s AHR Expo in Chicago.

Our December issue, as always, is an industry outlook. We take a look back at the year and try to get some predictions on the year ahead. Some of the experts I talked to for the article said 2012 is going to look a lot like 2011.

I’ve been writing these December outlook stories for quite some time, and I have to be honest, I’ve been hearing that for the past several years. The year ahead is going to almost mirror the past year. The construction industry is still going to struggle, credit will be hard to come by, and bids will get more and more competitive.

However, it’s not all bad news. Some experts expect we are hitting the end of the downturn. Contractors just need to start harnessing technology to compete in the marketplace.

I want to know how you are doing. Tell us. Maybe you have some good news. Maybe you have a positive spin on the year ahead. Perhaps your company has been thriving and 2012 is only going to get better. Give us good news. You can leave a comment or e-mail me at siegelj@bnpmedia.com. If you have some good advice or a positive story to share, we might just run it in the pages of Snips.