Good Morning Everyone. Amongst the fits and starts of the current economy, positive changes are afoot. This is particularly true for the Southeast in general. The human spirit can only stand to be down so long and then it adapts to change and it becomes the new normal that one builds upon.  We have reached a turning point in business that will become more obvious in the weeks and months ahead.

If you have made it this far, you probably have seen the worst of it; even if you don’t know exactly what to expect. We are in month 34 of the longest and deepest construction depression in memory. The naysayers are still out in full force, the experts differ on everything up to and including whether the sun will rise tomorrow and your spouse probably forecasts continued rough weather, but we believe otherwise.

It will continue to be a tough market for a long time to come, but that’s okay, we only need to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. To that end, notice we have completely overhauled our website! We hope that it is more functional, user friendly and generally easier to navigate. This then leads to our next statement; you have to continue to perfect your trade, craft, product and/or service. All of us have been looking to cut costs to stay in the game, but at a certain point, are you able to deliver on the promises you make to people?  We must deliver on the promises we make to people if we are to survive and prosper. Our attitude must reflect not the travails of the past, but the opportunities of the future. That’s admittedly hard, when you constantly reflect on where you were three years ago vs. now, but nevertheless, you must do so to prosper. The dedication to service you show now will stand you in good stead these next several months of transition from survival mode to….dare I say it? Growth!

We hope you check back in with us from time to time as we continue this discussion. DEC is uniquely qualified to gauge the recovery as we collect the widest swath of leading economic indicators in the construction market of anyone. Let’s just hope we’re right and the worst is behind us. Thank you for reading this blog and we’d love to hear any comments you might make.

Allan Feifer is the President of DEC International. Allan started DEC more than 35 years ago and has background in the process and construction industries as well as many years as a recognized authority on construction trends and analysis. Allan lives in Florida with his wife and two cats. You can reach him at allanf@dec-international.com.