PMPA Business Trends April 2018


With 89 companies responding, the PMPA Business Trends Index for April 2018 was 133, up 15 points (12.7%) from April 2017’s value of 118. This is our Index’s highest value recorded for April, and our sixth highest month ever recorded. At 133, the April index is up 10.6 points or 8.7% over the 5-year average of 122.4 for the April Sales Index. Our year to date average is 135, up 10 points or 8% over 2017’s year-end average of 125. We are at 113% of where we were a year ago in April.



Published April 2018

By Miles Free III

Thanks for asking about whether or not lead is a hazardous material. I can understand your curiosity, knowing I worked with lead in the lab, in the melt shop, in the mill where probably 25 percent of our product was leaded steel for machining and in PMPA member company shops when I am asked to help them solve process problems.