December 20, 2023

2023: A Year in Review with Joe Virdone

As we bid farewell to another year, it’s time to pause and reflect on the journey we’ve embarked upon in 2023. This year has been a rollercoaster marked by growth, challenges, and the persistence to strive for a better tomorrow. Join us in taking a look at the last 12 months at Pecora.

Generally, I think the best thing that happened this year is that we strengthened the team, not so much with more new people, but with new ideas, and new energy adopting to change in operations and in thinking in many areas of Pecora. A “fresh wind” is blowing through, and that’s always good. We took staffing issues, (like many other companies) and modeled our response so we met customer’s needs. We were able to achieve our goals in spite of staffing and some ongoing raw material availability issues, by instilling quality in everything we do, continuing great communication and always, safety first. 

With change comes challenges. And this year, these challenges tested our resilience and ability to adapt. However, with the collective spirit of our organization, demonstrating that when faced with adversity, we came together to overcome even the toughest obstacles.

We stuck together to give our customer base the best response possible. While all this was going on, new product development continued, our world class Tech Service response continued and our “second to none” Customer Service continued to deliver in spite of the heartbreaking loss of our Customer Service Manager, Carol Phillips. Shortly before we lost Carol, we also lost Joe Russo, a Pecora stalwart handling the complicated production planning challenges. These two were friends to all, and great losses for Pecora, but we hung together as a family.

Looking ahead, hard work is the flame that continues to burn brightly. The challenges of today are the stepping stones to a more sustainable and equitable future. It is in our hands to shape this future, and the choices we make today will ripple through for years to come.

No regrets, we did what we could despite the “goal posts” everchanging. The ’23 marketplace was as confused as it was in ’07 and ’08, it still is! Next year is loaded with confusion and uncertainty too. As I tell folks, keep your hands on the steering wheel, your eyes open, listen to people you trust, and ask questions! We will continue to grow, we will watch our people continue to grow, we’ll stick together as a team, and we’ll continue to win, that’s what we do!     

As we close the chapter on 2023, let us express our gratitude to all those who have been part of this remarkable journey. To our customers, distributors, and employees, thank you for being with us every step of the way. The coming year holds the promise of new beginnings and fresh opportunities. Together, let’s step into 2024 with optimism, courage, and a commitment to making a positive impact on the world.

From everyone here at Pecora, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a fulfilling new year ahead!


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