42,199 A record 42,199 trade visitors attended Wire & Tube 2016 in Shanghai, China. The show is an international trade platform for the wire, cable, tube and pipe industries. Attendees represented 94 countries and attendance was up 10.9% from 2014. 61 Via Enviro Water Products, according to a recent Gallop poll, the majority of Americans “express a great deal” of concern about polluted drinking water (61%) and the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs (56%). 9.6 From AHRI, U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for August increased 9.6% to 352,315 units from August 2015 totals. Residential electric storage water heater shipments increased 24. 3% in August to 355,106 units. 61 part 2 A recent Earnest & Associates survey queried more than 100 decisionmakers at small- to mediumsized businesses in the wholesale/distribution trade. When asked to rate their organizations’ sales challenges, “We need to spend more time with good customers,” ranked at the top with 61% of respondents saying this is very important to their businesses. 85 Also from the Gallop poll, more than 85% of U.S. households have hard water which can Potentially destroy plumbing pipes and fixtures, as well as shorten the life of water-using appliances. 22.5 More from AHRI, U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 692,214 units in August, up 22.5% from units shipped in August 2015. Air-source heat pumps alone were up 25.3% to 214,778 units. $327 billion Warmly Yours Radiant Heating noted in its third-quarter industry report that the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity predicts annual consumer remodeling expenditures will exceed $327 billion by the third quarter of 2017, a level that hasn’t been seen since 2006. The company in its third-quarter report also noted its snow-melting systems grew 24.2% in year-to-date sales, 75% of which was due to the introduction of several new commercially oriented systems.
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