INDUSTRY GOINGS ON AT HARDWARE DESIGNS OF FAIRFIELD NJ


WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF PLUMBING AND HARDWARE YOU ASK?  FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO KNOW, I CAN  GIVE YOU A BRIEF SUMMARY OF GOINGS ON WITHIN OUR BUSINESS.   TO BEGIN WITH, THE  PLUMBING INDUSTRY HAS BEEN PLAGUED WITH ISSUES.  WITH CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WAY OFF OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, MANY COMPANIES HAVE HAD BROAD DIFFICULTIES.  MANY OF THE EUROPEAN MANUFACTURERS CAN’T SECURE FINCANCING AS EURO BANKS ARE MORE THAN CAUTIOUS.  CIFIAL OUT OF PORTUGAL IS STRUGGLING AND CAN NOT SHIP WITHOUT A MINIMUM OF A 4 MONTH LEAD.  IN A NUT SHELL, THAT CLOSES THAT SUPPLY POINT OUT.  MICO OR MICHAEL ISSACS HAS HAD A ROUGH 3 YEARS FOR  REASONS THAT ELUDE MOST OF US.  SHIPPING HAS BEEN DIFFICULT WITH MAJOR DELAYS AND BACKORDERS, AND THEREFORE, CAUSING MOST SHOWROOMS TO AVOID ITS WELL DESIGNED LINE–AT LEAST FOR NOW.  PHYLRICH, A MAJOR MANUFACTURER OF HIGH END FAUCETRY AND RELATED ITEMS, HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN BY THE PARENT COMPANY, ELKAY.  THIS IS A LOSS FOR OUR INDUSTRY.  THE LIST OF FACTORIES WITH DIFFICULTIES GOES ON AND ON…BUT WITH THE ECONOMY CONTINUING TO SHOW SIGNS OF LIFE, SOME FACTORIES THAT WERE IN THE BACK SEAT HAVE MOVED FORWARD TO BECOMING TOMORROW’S LEADERS.  WATERMARK OF BROOKLYN IS A GREAT EXAMPLE. THEY HAVE A VERY BROAD LINE OF PLUMBING PRODUCTS, A GOOD PORTION OF WHICH IS MADE HERE BELIEVE IT OR NOT.  FLUID MANUFACTURING,  ANDRIOBEL MANUFACTURING, ARE FILLING IN SOME OF THE HOLES.  DORNBRACHT OF GERMANY IS ONCE AGAIN WHOLE AND SHIPPING WELL.  JADO, NOW CHINESE FOR ALL INTENSIVE PURPOSES IS A VERY CHANGED LINE. AND PROBABLY WORTH A REVIEW.  WHEN IT COMES TO DOOR HARDWARE, BALDWIN WENT MEXICAN AND CHINESE, AND NO LONGER PRODUCE IN AMERICA!  THIS IS MORE THAT SAD.  LOTS OF NEW. LOTS OF CHANGES, AND HOPEFULLY NO LOSS OF QUALITY.  CLASSIC BRASS, ONCE BALDWIN’S  COMPETITOR SIMPLY CAN’T SHIP RELIABLY FOR REASONS NOT WORTH MENTIONING.  GREAT PRODUCT LINE, WITH ENORMOUS CAPAPBILTY, BUT FOR ALL PURPOSES DOWN FOR THE COUNT.  THE DOOR BUSINESS IS REVIVING AND OUR OWN DOOR BUSINESS IS BECOMING ROBUST.  I SUPPOSE PEOPLE WILL SIT ON THE FENCE FOR JUST SO  LONG BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH VARIOUS PROJECTS, DOOR REPLACEMENT BEING ONE OF THEM.  SO, TO SUM IT UP. CHANGES, CHANGES, CHANGES, BUT I SUPPOSE TIME WILL TELL IF SOME ARE GOOD OR BAD.  I AM OPTOMISTIC THAT THE ECONOMY IS SLOWLY, AND I MEAN SLOWLY TURNING A CORNER.  THERE IS SOME VISIBLE LIGHT OUT THERE.  PRICING IS SUPER COMPETITIVE NOW, AND IT A GREAT TIME TO BUY OR HIRE CONTRACTORS BEFORE THE GOING GETS TOO GOOD!! WWW.HARDWARE-DESIGNS.COM INFO@HARDWARE-DESIGNS.COM




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