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Pittsburgh HVAC Contractor Increases Sales from Emergency Furnace Repair

Posted in Contractor Business Strategy on March 1, 2011 by vetopropac

South Hills Electric Heating Cooling, a local Pittsburgh heating cooling and electrical contractor, has increased sales in 2010 by 260%. The Pittsburgh heating repair company reported final sales figures recently for the highly competitive residential furnace and boiler repair sector.

South Hills Electric Heating Cooling, a local Pittsburgh heating cooling and electrical contractor, has increased sales in 2010 by 260%. The Pittsburgh heating repaircompany reported final sales figures recently for the highly competitive residential furnace and boiler repair sector.

As we all know, 2010 was an up and down year. When asked what caused the Pittsburgh mechanical systems business to take off and perform like it did, the owner cited these factors:

1: Emergency Furnace Repair – “By far the most change came when we instituted 24 hour heating repair service. Customers rely on us and we were able to deliver.”

2: Customer Service – “South Hills Electric Heating Cooling added a full time office manager and other levels of customer support to our staff.”

3: Communication – “Our HVAC and Electrical service technicians have gained training and experience related to our product line. Our warranties are the best in the business – 10 years parts and labor on all new heating and cooling installations. We just needed to communicate that more effectively to the customer.”

4: Staffing – “All our employees are lifelong Pittsburgh residents themselves. They understand the community and the challenges our city faces both environmentally and economically.”

5: Marketing – “We needed to tell folks and prove to them how dedicated we are to gaining their trust and their business. When a customer calls in the middle of the night with a broken furnace, we want them to know we will be there to get their family taken care of in a timely manner. We just had to get the message out.”

6: Federal and State Tax rebates – “The federal government and the state government both offered high efficiency heating and cooling rebates for this calendar year. This boosted our sales of some higher end furnaces and air conditioning equipment.”

The above was listed from the HVAC Company’s website. They have clearly made a concerted effort to provide better service in the past year. The test will be how they can continue to grow and maintain such an outstanding service record.

A quick look at their performance in customer service from reviews across the web shows their business model is working very well. Their rating on the Better Business Bureau website is an A+. South Hills Electric Heating Cooling is also listed on Angie’s List and the comments are favorable.

About South Hills Electric Heating Cooling:
“South Hills Electric Heating and Cooling has been providing heating repair and heating installation services in the south hills of Pittsburgh since 1993. Our heating equipment repair is performed by technicians with decades of experience. From furnace repair Pittsburgh and AC repair to heat pumps to boiler repair and installation our heating specialists have seen almost everything.” – South Hills Electric Heating Cooling website

South Hills Electric Heating Cooling
930 Glass Run Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: (412) 537-0687
Email: patcray (at) southhillselectric (dot) com
http://southhillselectricheatingcooling.com

 

Manufacturing growing at fastest pace in 7 years

Posted in Industry Trends on March 1, 2011 by vetopropac

Positive News for Economy and Tradesmen:

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers expanded at the fastest pace in nearly seven years last month, but a sudden rise in the price of raw materials could threaten their profits.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index of manufacturing activity rose to 61.4 in February, up from 60.8 the previous month. That’s the highest reading since it reached the same level in May 2004. The ISM’s index bottomed out at 33.3 in December 2008, its lowest point in nearly 30 years.

Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. The manufacturing sector has now expanded for the past 19 months.

The rebound in manufacturing is gaining momentum, the report showed. The new orders index rose to a seven-year high. A measure of order backlogs rose to its highest level in a year. And inventories are shrinking, both at manufacturers and their customers. All are signs that factory output is likely to keep growing.

“The recovery in the sector is both robust and on track,” said Ian Shepherdson, an economist at High Frequency Economics.

Solid growth overseas, particularly in developing countries such as China, Brazil and India, has also helped by boosting exports. A measure of export orders rose to its highest level in more than 22 years.

And an employment index in the ISM’s report topped 60 for only the third time in a decade, evidence that manufacturers are adding employees at a rapid clip.

But prices paid for steel, plastics, rubber and other raw materials rose for a third straight month, a sign that increasing production costs could spark higher inflation.

“Growth may not be as robust as we would like because of these rising commodity prices,” said Brian Levitt, an economist at OppenheimerFunds.

Pricier gas and food reduce the amount of money consumers can spend on discretionary items such as computers and other electronics. Manufacturers may also eat some of the higher costs, which would cut into profit margins, Levitt said.

“While there are many positive indicators, there is also concern as industries related to housing continue to struggle and the prices index indicates significant inflation of raw material costs across many commodities,” said Norbert Ore, chair of the ISM’s survey committee.

On Capitol Hill, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that rising energy prices “don’t pose a significant risk to the recovery or to overall inflation.”

But a prolonged rise in the price of oil or other commodities would represent a “threat” to economic growth, Bernanke acknowledged.

The price of materials is another challenge for the struggling construction industry. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that spending by builders fell in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $791.8 billion.

That’s slightly above the decade low of $791.5 billion hit in August, and about half of the $1.5 trillion level that economists believe would signal a healthy construction sector. It could be another four years before construction recovers to that level, economists say.

Factories have rebounded at a healthy clip since the recession ended in June 2009. Americans have resumed spending on cars, appliances and other big-ticket items and businesses are investing in more industrial machinery and other heavy equipment.

U.S. automakers are reporting healthy sales increases, after stumbling badly in the recession. General Motors Co. said Tuesday that its February sales soared 49 percent.

Deere & Co., the world’s largest manufacturer of agriculture equipment, said last month that its quarterly net income more than doubled as rising prices for corn, wheat and other crops encouraged U.S. farmers to buy new machinery.

The Institute for Supply Management, based in Tempe, Ariz., compiles its manufacturing index by surveying about 300 purchasing executives across the country.

AP Economics Writers Jeannine Aversa and Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report.

 

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Posted in Organized tool bag, Photos of Tool Bags on March 1, 2011 by vetopropac