Once we find some idea of what "normal" is again, we're likely going to be somewhere close on the calendar at the beginning of summer. But I'm sure your next few months won't be filled with a lot of vacation travel, but rather with staycations.
So I'm guessing some summer improvement projects have made their way into your schedule in 2020. Expanding the garden? Improving the deck? Maybe adding a swimming pool? Well, some plastics companies certainly think so.
Trex Co. Inc. reported its sales in the first quarter of 2020 were up 12 percent compared to a year ago, something that may be related to people spending more time at home.
"We believe that stay-at-home consumers are prioritizing home improvement projects, especially those that will add lasting value, enhance enjoyment and minimize maintenance," CEO and President Bryan Fairbanks said in a conference call with analysts.
For Confer Plastics Inc., a molder in North Tonawanda, N.Y., its normal business is making accessories for swimming pools and spas. It hopes to return to that work soon and has cited demand for those products as part of its need to reopen regular production.
"I think we're going to meet a lot of consumer demand over the course of the next two months," President Bob Confer said. "We've indicated the need that exists for our swimming pool products based on the fact that we're looking a world right now that's focusing on home confinement and staycations."