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  • Jetmekdc-10
    started a topic How's Business Guys?

    How's Business Guys?

    Just curious how the independent guys a doing in this time of bailouts and layoffs? Things made from metal still break in a bad economy don't they? The reason I'm asking is my calls have slowed way down. I advertise in the Yellow pages, newspaper,Craigslist, joined the BBB, Chamber of Comm,dropped cards off everywhere. The first six months of this year I stayed real busy, now I am considering making a change. Maybe figuring out something to produce and sell, Maybe its my area, North Mississippi is not normally regarded as an industrial Mecca. Anyways just venting, Adam

  • starweld
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    Slow here too

    We are in the midwest (close to Indy) and our business is down 25% from last year. Also, the work we are getting is low, low margin work. But we are still here (after 25 years). But still dont know if we will weather this storm.
    Good Luck to all of you!!

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  • nfinch86
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    nfinch86- Canadian Weldor :

    FusionKing, HI; Hang in there man !!!...... Norm :

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  • FusionKing
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    UPDATE at the Lake

    Kinda slow in my area still. What little industry we have here is closing plants down and laying people off.
    Strangely enuff my biz continues to trickle in. mostly word of mouth. I tried advertising again and got almost nothing. I think (OK I know) I'm getting more from the Good Lord for still paying my tithe.
    I built a new welding table for myself out of a bunch of stuff I got for nothing and actually had to delay a few jobs just to get it together and up off of the floor.
    It's a very strange economy right now to say the least
    People are still buying new boats! And now is certainly the time to get a great deal on a used one for sure. So that little activity keeps me sorta busy and then those that have a little money are still messing around with the ones they have.
    Me tho ... definitely not spending a dime on no boat right now!! Just barely paying the bills with less money coming in than going out.
    You will know when it gets REALLY tough for me cause I won't be HERE anymore

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  • admweld
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    I have caught up on my work.Things are slow here in New England area also.I have been running my buisness for 13yrs now and i have to admit i,m nervous also.I only run Pt as alot of you know i work Ft with the sheetmetal workers union.They are laying off guys weekly around all trades unions in my area and guys are talking about how bad it is getting out there.

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  • MD Welding
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    I'm pretty busy. I just hired 2 kids out of trade school and I'm trying my hardest to make it work for them AND me. There good kids and have a lot of potential. I just hope I can keep them interested and financially happy. I have a total of a whopping 3 employees!

    I'm trying my hardest!

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  • lars66
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    The welding repair- fabrication has slowed to a crawl around here. Visited with both of my local competitors this past week, one had to lay off down to and including his main man of 26 years leaving just father and son for the little work they have.The other father son team is down to letting the son do what little work they have so the son has some income. Me I have about 3 weeks left of on going projects before I'm out of shop work unless something comes up. My biggest job for the winter will probably be throwing wood in the shop stove to stay warm.

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  • nfinch86
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    nfinch86- Canadian Weldor :

    FusionKing, Hi; On A Boat you Say ?? That sounds interesting ?? ..... Norm :

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  • FusionKing
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    Originally posted by Coalsmoke View Post
    Fusion, for around these parts Norm's situation would be the exception, not the norm (sorry, couldn't resist). When I saw the writing on the wall back in late spring / early summer I sold off the mobile portion of my business, kept a few things like the big compressor, but sold the truck, welder, welding skid, 300' of 2/0 etc. It was hard to let it go, but I'm glad I did. Times out here are fairly tough now, and the profit margin on the mobile work was getting more and more skinny and because everyone was feeling the crunch, lots of guys were hiring out the hacks who were undercutting the honest independent rig welders. So, like I was saying, I kept all the shop stuff and go after the specialty work, as it seems to have deeper pockets attached to it. Bought a new truck too, with all of those huge rebates on the new vehicles and the old truck taking lots of TLC to keep it 100% reliable from year to year, it was the right move for me. I think 2009 will be the real tough year. We'll see, hope I'm wrong. When the time's right I might put together a new skid.

    Yea I was about done with mobile myself...I thought. I have been thinking of rigging up a trailer this time for my Bobcat and just doing whatever I can.
    I don't expect much in the future either.
    I may put some of my stuff on a boat instead. Whatever I do I'll be packing the Dynasty and powering it with whatever I can get away with. It is certainly my competetive edge.
    I have began working mobile stuff from my wifes old GMC AWD Safari and It is fantastic for going to other shops. All I carry is the Dynasty, argon, and a bunch of leads/extention cords and tools.
    My main point is I have created a lot of competition and now that times are getting tougher I want to make sure I get every dollar I got coming.
    Dang it I was loving the thought of shop only, and I know what you mean about deeper pockets... but I can't afford to miss a stinkin' thing now.

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  • IRONLORE
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    My business this year is about half of last year's. I do a lot of ornamental iron and railings on new homes, so you know how the housing market is, right?
    But everyone is in the same boat. Thing will hopefully turn around, but in the meantime I'm getting alot of my own projects done.

    Glenn

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  • nfinch86
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    nfinch86- Canadian Weldor :

    Originally posted by Coalsmoke View Post
    Fusion, for around these parts Norm's situation would be the exception, not the norm (sorry, couldn't resist). When I saw the writing on the wall back in late spring / early summer I sold off the mobile portion of my business, kept a few things like the big compressor, but sold the truck, welder, welding skid, 300' of 2/0 etc. It was hard to let it go, but I'm glad I did. Times out here are fairly tough now, and the profit margin on the mobile work was getting more and more skinny and because everyone was feeling the crunch, lots of guys were hiring out the hacks who were undercutting the honest independent rig welders. So, like I was saying, I kept all the shop stuff and go after the specialty work, as it seems to have deeper pockets attached to it. Bought a new truck too, with all of those huge rebates on the new vehicles and the old truck taking lots of TLC to keep it 100% reliable from year to year, it was the right move for me. I think 2009 will be the real tough year. We'll see, hope I'm wrong. When the time's right I might put together a new skid.
    Coalsmoke, Hi; I'm about the only one still standing, around here Too!!!
    Norm :

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  • Coalsmoke
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    Fusion, for around these parts Norm's situation would be the exception, not the norm (sorry, couldn't resist). When I saw the writing on the wall back in late spring / early summer I sold off the mobile portion of my business, kept a few things like the big compressor, but sold the truck, welder, welding skid, 300' of 2/0 etc. It was hard to let it go, but I'm glad I did. Times out here are fairly tough now, and the profit margin on the mobile work was getting more and more skinny and because everyone was feeling the crunch, lots of guys were hiring out the hacks who were undercutting the honest independent rig welders. So, like I was saying, I kept all the shop stuff and go after the specialty work, as it seems to have deeper pockets attached to it. Bought a new truck too, with all of those huge rebates on the new vehicles and the old truck taking lots of TLC to keep it 100% reliable from year to year, it was the right move for me. I think 2009 will be the real tough year. We'll see, hope I'm wrong. When the time's right I might put together a new skid.

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  • jbspeed
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    work still steady

    We have been in business going on 3 years and our work load has been steadliy increasing. Our business revolves around the farming community and small busineses plus we have a local heat/ac company that contributes much business. The work load has not dropped off even though many in the area is out ot work or very slow. We do from 2 to 4 thousand a week which isn't getting rich but not bad for one ole' man of 62. The wife keeps the office in order. We are blessed and never fail to freeely give the Lord his tenth. To us, it is no mistory how our business continues to grow..We wish a turn around for all in our trade.....

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  • cruizer
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    Even in Alberta, it's slowed down quite a bit, so even my firm has to diversify to keep afloat. Going to New York next week to pick up repair work for the Sulzer line of spray machines.

    The welding covers support my business quite a bit, and the reels should help as well. Gotta buy that new bike for next spring ya know.

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  • Portable Welder
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    Things have slowed up in Michigan, I'm told Michigan has been hit the hardest with all of our auto plants shutting down.

    I had a slow spring but got busy by May 15th and am still busy thank god, I'm expecting to be really slow come january and not sure what the spring will be like.

    Most big fab shops are about out of business and I suspect me picking up what few customers they still had is whats helping me now.

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