I'd like to take a moment to personally thank all of our customers for their business over the past 35 years. From the beginning we have always believed that our success comes from serving you with innovative technology and ‘old-fashioned’ customer service to provide you with the solutions you need.

As you know, we always welcome your questions and comments, and our dedicated customer service team are here to help. Remember – we’re just a phone call away! We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2023.

I wish you, your staff and your families a happy, safe and prosperous New Year!

Jim O’Connell

President, North Bay Equipment and Pacific Bay Equipment 

Because we all enjoy having something to smile about (and some fun or even a bit bizarre trivia for holiday get-togethers), here are 12 fun - and unusual - holiday facts that you might not know. Test the knowledge of friends and co-workers, and see how many you can stump!

The beautiful “Carol of the Bells” (Hark, Hear the Bells) was originally written by a Ukrainian composer and first came to the U.S. 100 years ago. The original lyrics were in Ukrainian.

Did you know? Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the holidays. The two days before Christmas are!

This won’t come as any surprise to many folks, but 1 in 3 men wait until Christmas Eve to do their shopping. That’s probably why fact #2 happens.

It’s a tradition in Japan to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for Christmas. Orders need to be placed two months in advance. Move over turkey!

Bing Crosby’s throaty rendition of “White Christmas” is the highest selling single of all time.

It only took Charles Dickens 6 weeks to write, “A Christmas Carol” – and is the book for which most people remember him as the author.

President Franklin Pierce, the 14th U.S. President, was the first to put up a White House Christmas tree in the 1800s, and the tradition has continued ever since.

The first Salvation Army collection kettle took place in San Francisco’s Oakland Ferry at the foot of Market Street. It was a large crab pot with a sign that said, “Keep the Pot Boiling”.

The city of Vancouver, Canada claims to be the birthplace of the first “ugly Christmas sweater” party. Not sure that’s really a claim to fame.

The word “Merry” in “Merry Christmas” was not always accepted because in some cultures, merry used to signify slight intoxication. Probably why the British say “Happy Christmas”.

The first batch of eggnog originated from medieval Britain’s “Posset” – a hot milky ale-style drink. Wassail!

The top 6 tree-producing states in the U.S. are Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin.