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The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is troubling and sad on many levels. The long-term environmental effects are unknown, but the current goal is to remove as much oil from the water as possible.
Gabelli's chief analyst for the pump industry, Jim Foung, was kind enough to share with me his candid observations and expert interpretations of the state of the pump industry for 2010.
It is with great sadness that the entire Pumps & Systems family says goodbye to Stolberg, long-time executive director of the Submersible Wastewater Pump Association (SWPA) and a loyal member of the P&S Editorial Advisory Board.
Each January, Pumps & Systems publishes a report on the State of the Industry. As a sign of the times, this year we decided to take a new spin and focus specifically on “Succeeding in Today's Economy.”
There are more than 300 million people living in the U.S., and each person uses an average of 100 gallons of water every day. That water must be brought to us, and it must be taken away.
We ask top-level executives from large and small companies to give us critical insight on business trends and to help forecast what to expect in the coming year.
The Pumps & Systems team recently returned from a well-attended WEFTEC, where the word on the street is that business in the industry is increasing and optimism is abundant.
It seems appropriate that our Aging Infrastructure issue coincides with a recent influx of information on municipalities and other organizations (finally) feeling the benefits of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Rotary pumps are positive displacement pumps that use rotational, rather than reciprocating, motion during their pumping cycle. They can be designed to pump liquids, solids, gases or mixtures of all three.
Many months have passed since Barack Obama's stimulus package promised economic relief to our industry. I finally have good news to share.
It was not a shocking newsflash when U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden acknowledged in a recent CNN report (July 6, 2009) that the $787 billion economic stimulus program has not yet provided the positive impact originally predicted by the White House. “We misread how bad the economy was,” Biden told CNN correspondent Julian E. Zelizer.
Based on discussions with industry experts, product managers and top-level executives, we may not feel its impact until at least 2010.
Even in a turbulent economy, this year's expert panel conveyed optimism through candid analysis and specific strategies for 2009.
On Feb. 13, the House and Senate approved HR 1–the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will most certainly have an immediate and positive impact on this industry.
Our Publisher, Wally Evans, and I attended the 19th Annual Gabelli Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium in New York this week. Top executives from many of the major players in our industry were there to reflect on 2008 and give us some insight into 2009.
In a rare move, U.S. President Barack Obama went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to personally pitch his stimulus plan to House Republicans. They were not impressed.
In our February issue, we feature the impact the new presidential administration's stimulus package will have on the pump industry, particularly with regard to infrastructure rebuilding in the water and wastewater sectors.
With financial uncertainty in a turbulent global market, and in light of a change in U.S. presidential administrations, experts in the pump industry still find reason for optimism and approach current economic challenges as business opportunities.
This month, Pumps & Systems wrapped up our busy 2008 trade show schedule with a visit to Orlando for Power Gen International.
We went to press this week with the December issue of P&S, in which we ran a feature story on “The Impact of the Rising Cost of Raw Materials.”

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