June 4, 2003—Frank O’Neill, Publisher, Floor Focus Magazine and Dave Foster, Host, FloorRadio discuss:Mohawk’s announcement that it will opt out of Surfaces 2004; Armstrong World Industries expectations for a mid-November hearing for its reorganization plan; Lowe’s annual meeting and its focus on higher-end products and its plan of doubling installation income by 2005.
June 4, 2003—Dean Marcarelli, COO, Carpet One discusses the co-op’s performance this year and last, its growth plans and its long and short term goals. Marcarell also talks about competing with the big-box players, Carpet One's advertising program, the Select-A-Floor program and its expansion into laminate, consumer wants and needs,and changes in the fiber sector.
June 3, 2003—Scott Sandlin, VP, Marketing, Shaw Industries Industries discusses, the company’s focus on the use of technology to market itself, the advantages to dealers of conducting business via the Internet; what is necessary for dealers to make that transition; the company’s most recent offerings and the seasonal manner with which the company now introduces new products and programs.
June 1, 2003—From Koester America Corp., President Harald Muench and VP Charles King discuss the dos and don’ts of sealants, when they should and should not be used, the changing attitude that contractors and facilities managers are developing toward sealants and the rational toward applying sealants as an safeguard from potential problems in the future.
May 29, 2003—Kemp Harr, Director, Marketing, SI Flooring Systems, discusses business levels in the current quarter, PatternLok 3.0, the newest in commercial backing from SI including the products sustainability story and the company’s planned rollout of at Neocon. Harr also provided an update on the company’s premium residential backing, SoftBac and a look at the future of carpet backings.
May 29, 2003—Mike Barker, Investment and Retirement Management looks at the state of the current market, signs to look for that may indicate a change in the market, elements upon, which the market is keying, the “liquefying” of the market by the Fed, a look ahead at the upcoming earnings season, and making sense of the current economic news.
May 27, 2003—Frank O’Neill, Publisher, Floor Focus Magazine and Dave Foster, Host, FloorRadio discuss: The cancellation of the Pergo/Witex merger and Witex’s announcement that it file Chaper 11; Armstrong’s lowers reorganization value and Women and DIY.
May 26, 2003—Rick Mathew, COO, Americhem, discusses the science and the technology of color; design and color selection and the cost factor; the ability to reproduce consistent colors in a variety of floor coverings; also the changing way that manufacturers perceive the role of color in their products. Mathew also discusses the role Americhem plays in the process of manufacturing carpet and other floor covering products.
May 22, 2003—John McDevitt, 3M Corporate Economist Retired and former FloorRadio Regular discusses deflation, what it is, what causes it, what are the chances of it occurring in this economy, what it means to the economy, and what the Federal Reserve could do about it if it does occur. McDevitt also discusses the weakening dollar and its implications, tax cuts, the state of the economy and the mood of the consumer.
May 21, 2003—Dane Owen, Director of Marketing & Sales, Milliken Carpet, discuss Tesserae, the company’s new residential modular carpet. Owen looks at the design aspects of the product, which gives a seamless broadloom look verses the commercial appearing modular that uses seams as a design element.