Editor's Plate: Comments From Processors on 2010
Write-ins from our Manufacturing Survey show your concerns, insights.
By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief | 02/10/2010
It took a while for me to digest all the comments from our 2010 Manufacturing Trends Survey, but I found some real nuggets of wisdom therein.
First, let me remind you of the overall tenor of the story. Despite all that happened in 2009, there was a lot of positive attitude. Two-thirds of respondents said they were optimistic going into the new year; only 7 percent were pessimistic. Sixty-eight percent of respondents projected some increase in production next year; 16 percent foresaw increases of 20 percent or more. Only 8.6 percent expected a decrease. The survey was taken during November.
While most of the Manufacturing Trends Survey was about numbers, the final question was a wide open one: What have we forgotten to ask; what else would you want to say?
Several of you used the open-ended question to reinforce your worries about the recovery. “Uncertainty about the economy,” was written in by more than one respondent. “My main concern is the global economic crisis,” wrote another. Other answers included: “Sales, sales, sales”; “getting this company out of debt”; and “finding new business.”
There were other concerns brought up. A couple of readers mentioned government regulations:
- Government regulatory burdens are increasing to the point that we are considering moving outside the United States.”
- The threat of legislation and associated costs of new FDA or USDA requirements.”
- This guy doesn’t like the FDA: “[We’re concerned about] potential new FDA regulations, increased FDA inspections and FDA’s greater access to our records and programs.”
A couple of you mentioned the cost of machinery: