I hear it everyday, and now from everywhere. Our industry-the real Green Industry, is bracing itself for a Nantucket sleigh ride from hell.
2009 is not going to be for the weak of heart. I’m calling it now . . . all sissies to the sidelines. It’ll probably be the worst year in the Green Industry since 1981-1982.
Some companies will fail and a lot of guys who are out of work . . . you know what I am about to say, don’t you? . . . . . . . a lot of guys out of work, who own a pick-up and a couple mowers are gonna appear en-masse. Making it even tougher for those of us who play by the rules, bid work correctly, hire employees correctly and pay our taxes on time. We just want the opportunity to work in an even playing field . . . right? . . . right?
In the meantime 3 companies who have literally pissed away way over 50% of their market share are standing . . . tin cup in hand, without a ounce of remorse . . . asking for billions. That’s billions . . . of dollars. No one is resigning, mo one is accepting blame, no one is accountable, and finally no one on the union side is remorseful . . . they are conceding nuthin’, nada, zippo.
Our industry will not do this, no tin cups in hand for us. The good men and women in our industry will plug along, fight the good fight and work hard every day hoping that what they/we/I earn in 2009 will allow us to continue.
Bailouts . . . it’s not our way we have dignity.
If our industry is doing it wrong, we change the way it’s done. Or we go out of business. Keep growing the same petunia and you’re outta here! Build a wall with RR ties . . . you’re outta here!
A note to those enablers inside the Beltway:
You cannot help men permanently, by doing for them what they could and should, do for themselves.
Those are good words, they come from a wise man, a guy pretty good at crisis manaagement, and he wasn’t a bad President . . . Abraham Lincoln.
Some of these issues are going to get a lot of time at the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) Management Clinic this coming Febuary. If you’re looking for some strategy for the coming year, good ideas, solutions, networking opportunities . . . this is the place to be.
I wasn’t going to bring up the clinic in this post, but this seems to be appropriate to my rant. A opportunity for solutions, not bailouts.
They’re now calling it a Bridge-loan, but it’s a bail out and it’s wrong. this is not the American way. Seriously let’s pull up our britches, re-adjust the ball cap and just go out there and work our asses off.
Find new ways to market, ourselves, brand ourselves, re-do the business plan. Use our minds, our hearts, our brains.
Do we really want this great country to be a nation of Organ grinders and monkeys holding out tin cups?
Do we really want that?
I sure the hell hope not.