Publication: Western Electrician
Chicago, IL, United States
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 1904 IN REVIEW.
The following symposium is based on responses to the Western Electrician's request for expressions of opinion from representative concerns in the electrical industry reviewing the business of 1904 with a forecast, where practicable, of that of 1905. These letters make interesting reading; they are far from being merely a dry chronicle of business routine; not a few give insight into the deeper philosophy of trade. They come from various localities and represent the diversified branches of the industry. They are almost uniformly cheerful in tone and presage a good year in 1905.
H. W. Johns-Manville Company, New York (J. W. Perry, manager electrical department): We are pleased to advise you that the year just closed has been a period of unequaled prosperity in our electrical business. We Have turned out more material from our factories by a very large percentage than during any previous year. Notwithstanding that there has not been a great deal of new electric-railway work throughout the country, our enclosed-fuse business has developed to a wonderful extent, closely followed in proportion of increase by our line material. The outlook for the coming year in this country, particularly in railway work, seems to be more promising than at any time within the last decade, and our European business also justifies, us in an optimstic view. Our factories, notwithstanding constant additions and improvements, are rushed to the utmost to keep up with our orders. We have every reason to believe that the year 1905 will be an exceptionally big year in all kinds of electrical supplies; and feel, from past experience, that we will have no fault to find with the share which may fall to our lot.
|H. W. Johns-Manville Company
|March 20, 2009 by: Bob Stahr;