CDI Outlook for 2016: Interview with Dean Rockwell

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    This year at CDI, we’re going to be much more intentional about posting regular content to our blog and sharing it on our social media channels. The reason we are doing so is because we’d like to provide value to our clients and other stakeholders about industry and company news. We hope you enjoy our posts and encourage you to reach out with your comments and feedback!

    Our first post for this year is a brief interview with our founder and CEO, Dean Rockwell. He shares his perspective with what 2016 will bring.

    1. What lesson did you learn in 2015 that will help you most in 2016?

    We had a great year in 2015. We completed many successful projects and learned a lot along the way. One of the biggest revelations was seeing firsthand the ongoing need to keep up with technological and product changes and developments. We’ll make sure we stay on top of the latest and greatest with which to serve our clients in 2016.

    1. Which of your markets do you anticipate working with most in 2016?

    We anticipate increasing demand for the CDI engineering team in the manufacturing data systems sector, for the Pump Systems group in the municipal sector, and for the electrical installation team in the commercial marketplace.

    1. What are you most excited to work on in 2016?

    We have been blessed to have a strong relationship with Coca Cola over the past many years and changes in their business approach in 2016 should open new opportunities for the future. The ongoing strong manufacturing climate will also bring new opportunities to create new solutions for our clients.

    1. Last year you were an integral part of putting together the 8-acre Japanese garden at Frederick Meijer Gardens, which contributed to record attendance. Has this project resulted in a higher profile for CDI?waterfallStill003-1170x658-1170x658

    Absolutely. Our Pump Group has historically been most active in providing services tailored to the golf course industry. The exposure provided by the FMG project has expanded our credibility and opened doors with a variety of prospective clients, including municipalities and operations involving fountains and similar water features.

    1. Other predictions for 2016?

    One of our goals is to grow our business in the area of material handling systems integration. We have a long history of experience in this area and the economic climate has helped this part of the market bounce back from the sluggishness caused by the last recession. So we foresee an opportunity for growth in this area.



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