BrassCraft reflects on Plumbers’ Forum
Citing beneficial conversations and a free exchange of ideas and best practices, BrassCraft Manufacturing deemed its annual Plumbers’ Forum a success.
The Plumbers’ Forum invites plumbing pros around the country to come together and exchange ideas, insider knowledge and feedback. Only those who consistently excel in their business are invited, and participants get to speak with members of the BrassCraft team.
"The Plumber’s Forum gives us a platform to hear directly from our customers and use their input across-the-board, whether it’s in product development or process improvement," said Jeffrey Jollay, VP marketing & product development, BrassCraft Manufacturing. "It also helps to continue our leadership role in promoting the design of quality, innovative and high performing plumbing products."
Other participants echoed Jollay’s thoughts about the July event.
"The group was very diverse and we learned a lot from each other, which I found eye-opening," said Roger Peugeot of Overland Park, Kansas. "And when that new product hits the market, you feel like you are an important part of the process," added Peugeot.
"I appreciate that a company with the size and reputation of BrassCraft is taking an active role," said Michael Farias, founder of Plumbing Doctor. "It is rare to get this kind of support from manufacturers and national suppliers."
HIRI study shows rise in projects
The latest update from the Home Improvement Research Institute on consumer spending patterns shows homeowners are planning 3.4% more projects around the house than they were planning a year ago.
The stat reflects total projects planned per 100 homeowners, which increased from 314 to 328.
The year-over-year increase in project planning follows three consecutive quarters of declines of the metric.
Designed to be a leading indicator of industry activity, the HIRI sentiment tracking quarterly report has been tracking the trends since October 2012.
Other topline findings from the HIRI July 2014 Home Improvement Sentiment Tracking study:
• Project planning incidence increased to 74.5% of homeowners, up from 71.2% a year ago.
* Lawn projects take up more than a third of all projects – 33.9%.
• Deck, patio and porch projects are increasing compared to a year ago, and represent 26.7% of projects planned.
* Anticipated remodeling or improvement of the kitchen area declied, but still represents 16.4% of planed projects.
For more information, visit HIRI.org.