Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our employees, customers, suppliers, and equipment vendors. Without you, we wouldn’t get too far. We feel truly blessed to have you as part of the JH Bertrand family.
To be frank (as you know we are), 2013 was a rather uneven year. With a few long time customers being purchased at the start of the year and a general trend toward smaller orders, our sales lagged for most of 2013. However, we worked very hard on new opportunities (in addition to offering some new products), and in the last quarter, we have seen a series of substantial opportunities that will bring us back to solid growth in 2014. In addition, our foreign sales awakened! Europe was a bright spot early on with a 32% increase in business over previous years. I am sure that a 30%-37% exchange rate to the US dollar had a little something to do with that!! I look forward to seeing some of these new customers in Europe next year.
We wish everyone a prosperous and happy 2014. Jeff Bertrand