Longtime L&L columnist Jim Huston was in town last week, and he stopped into our offices for a quick visit en route to Michigan.
Jim spends a fair amount of time on the road, speaking at various conferences and visiting with clients. Apart from the bounty he brings in from his travels, he always has an interesting perspective on the industry. Here are three quick points he made during our talk.
- By and large, contractors have adjusted to the economy and it’s sporadic and anemic growth during the past few years. Those who survived the recession have learned how to grow in trying times.
- One of those ways to grow – cutting overhead and getting lean – has worked, to a point. Many contractors have leaned out as far as they can go.
- Housing markets – traditionally such a driver of the landscape industry – are up across the country, which bodes well for many.
All in all, he hears positive things from his audiences and clients, which dovetails with what I’ve been hearing in my own travel and reporting as well.
You can get more from Jim every month in his column.