I know its early but ...
It's not too early to put the NFPA Industry and Economic Outlook Conference scheduled for August 15-17 at the beautiful Westing Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL on your calendar. Here is a link for more information.
I know that all economists are not completely accurate. But, if you put several of them on the stage over a two-day period and ask them to give you their best forecast, you will have probably the best guidelines that you can get.
The program is set with IEOC favorites Alan Beaulieu and Eli Lustgarten along with a host of other interesting and knowledgeable economists and industry specialists. It is the benchmark for the fluid power industry for the whole year.
And, it kicks off with the annual IEOC Invitational Golf Tournament to benefit the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. It is a good cause and a lot of fun. Visit the NFPA website for updates.