This excerpt taken from the HWCC 10-K filed Mar 14, 2007.
Downturns in capital spending and cyclicality in certain of the markets we serve could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
The majority of our products are used in the construction, maintenance and operation of facilities, plants and projects in the communications, energy, engineering and construction, general manufacturing, infrastructure, petrochemical, transportation, utility and wastewater treatment industries. The demand for our products and services depends to a large degree on the capital spending levels of end-users in these markets. Many of these end-users defer capital expenditures or cancel projects during economic downturns. In addition, certain of the markets we serve are cyclical, which affects capital spending by end-users in these industries. For example, in late 2005, our sales benefited from the cleanup and rebuilding efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but we expect this increased demand to wane as construction activity returns to more typical levels. A downturn in the general economy, or in one or more of the end-markets for our specialty wire and cable, could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.