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VALVE Magazine: Readers' Choice 2017

Happy New Year to our VALVE Magazine readers and contributors. Thanks to you, VALVE continues to provide valuable information on technical matters, standards updates and best business practices as our content is created exclusively for and by our readers.

Hopefully you’ve read many of the features offered over the past year, but if you’ve run short of time, here is a great opportunity to catch up on the best of the best. Enjoy these, our Readers’ Choice 2017 articles, from both the print edition and from features created specifically for the web.

Construction and Mining: Is 2018 The Year for Growth?

While there is a degree of optimism in the mining industry that hasn’t been seen for some years, much uncertainty still exists in this sector. As for construction, the forecast is mixed, with opportunities for growth if you know which segment is growing, and when to bid on projects.

Adapt and Thrive, Say Annual Meeting Speakers

The theme of adapting to change was set very early for the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) and Valve Repair Council (VRC) 79th Annual Meeting. Originally set for mid-September, the event date was changed thanks to Hurricane Irma. However, VMA and VRC members are an adaptable group, and when the dates were re-set for Oct. 11-13, most attendees were able to adjust their schedules. At the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, FL, Shawn Rhodes (pictured) offered a powerful start to the three-day event with his presentation on Using Change Management to Drive Excellence.

VMA’s 2018 Market Outlook: Some Optimism, But Issues Remain

The attendees of VMA’s 2017 Market Outlook Workshop in Boston, Aug. 3-4, came away with a generally more positive outlook than they have for the last couple of years. However, there are still inherent issues in the world economy that continue to affect the valve industry.

What We Learned at VMA’s 2017 Leadership Forum

The positive forecast Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics shared was welcome news at VMA’s 2017 Leadership Forum.

“You’re going to like 2017 and 2018,” he said. “Consumers are in great shape, retail sales are at a record high level, housing starts are positive, interest rates remain favorable, employment and wages are rising, and banks are lending.”

However, it is not all smooth sailing. One of the concerns for many in the valve industry is the price of oil, which is still hovering around $50. On a positive note, Beaulieu pointed out that the U.S. has 300 years’ worth of oil reserves, whereas Europe has only about 30 years. That gives the U.S. a decided advantage because it is energy independent.

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