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You made it; now get ready to grow

By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO

Optimism is returning, and rightfully so! We are surrounded by signs that the economies of the world have turned the corner. Construction is consistently increasing. Credit is available to worthy borrowers. Stock markets around the world have rebounded. Job creation is trending up globally. Scrap value and demand is healthy.

In short, all indications are, you made it. To make a finer point, you made it when many didn’t. Around the world, we are slowly emerging from the most dramatic economic downturn of the last 70 years. It is the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel.”

Now, that does not necessarily mean things are booming. They aren’t and they probably won’t for awhile. Personally, I think that’s a good. Rapid recovery and unbridled growth are rarely stable or healthy.

The point is, you have reached the other side of the downturn and it is now time to expect growth. Take a minute to think about that. It is over, or close to over, and you’re still standing. I’d tell you the road ahead won’t be easy but you already know that. You’re here and you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t already know that. See you in Nashville!