market’s taken off for us -- I’ve gotten more business
this year than I’ve had since the economic downturn.
I’m swamped with work. I think the lower-end market has
definitely gone away and changed, and the people who are spending
money with me are the higher-end market. They’re asking for
good design and good product.
We’re adding more bodies to the crew. I started getting a
backlog -- I have projects scheduled out through the first of the
year -- so I know I’m going to have work for everybody for at
least a few months. I have brought on two new staff members -- one
in our plumbing division and one in our masonry division.
We’re installing more automatic covers than I have in the
past. I think that’s partially due to wanting to have more
energy-efficient systems with less water loss. Some people in the
more affluent areas want to heat their pools all the time, so
they’re trying to help maintain that heat by putting on
covers. Everybody’s definitely more in tune to variable-speed
pumps, and they’re installing some chemical control