It's October, so Cubs fans, as they must do, start to think
about next year. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in
four short months.
The roofing industry has had it better than the Cubs in 2010,
but it's been a strange year for both. The roofing industry had
some nice spurts, but none of them was really sustained. The Cubs
never spurted; they just fizzled.
Roofing contractors are optimists almost by definition. The next
good job is always around the corner. One weather event can change
the fortunes of an entire year. The flow of work is never
predictable; even in a bad economy, some contractors in every
market are doing well.
Still, it's difficult to be too optimistic about 2011. Money is
just beginning to come back into the system in the form of
investments in commercial mortgages, capital spending and business
expansion. Credit markets, which have been almost nonexistent for
two years, are showing some signs of life again. Still,
nonresidential construction is not...
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