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.
May 21, 2003—Brad Potter, Marketing Manager, Bayer Chemicals, Carpet & Home Textiles Unit discusses the recently launched BayProtectSSB, a new, a patent pending, stain blocker and anti-soiling product from Bayer offered to carpet mills. Potter discusses Bayer the company, the environments aspects of BayProtect, how the product was developed, mill reaction, the market for unbranded of stain resist products and Bayers plans for the product in the future.
May 20, 2003—Carey Mitchell, Director Technical Services, Shaw Industries discusses an inter-industry working group initiated by the concrete industry, with the purpose of reducing concrete-related problems experienced by the floor covering and other building products industries.
May 20, 2003—Frank O’Neill, Publisher, Floor Focus and FloorRadio Host Dave Foster discuss: The recently concluded StarNet convention ; The upcoming Floor Focus Retail Survey; This weeks earnings reports from Lowe’s and Home Depot; Cargill Dow’s European licensing with the Radici Group for IngeoFibers and; The purchase of McSwain Hardwood by McSwain Carpet.
May 18, 2003—Ruth Travis, RL Seminars, President, International Society of Cleaning Technicians (ISCT) and VP, Institute of Inspection Cleanings and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Jeff Bishop, Clean Care Seminars Technical Advisor, IICRC discuss two new studies the associations have undertaken one dealing with the delamination strength of carpet when exposed to water and the second test dealing with the effectness of cleaning wands in removing water from carpets.
May 16, 2003—Mike Barker, Investment and Retirement Management discusses the market in the past week describing the factors he draws on to evaluate the market. Barker looks at the pros and cons of a weak dollar and singles out some factors to watch for in the coming week.
May 15, 2003—John Wells, President, Interface Flooring Systems discusses the launched of the company’s new marketing campaign aimed at expanding the market for modular carpet. Wells talks about the goals of the campaign, the targets of the company’s efforts, modular and the prime commercial market segments, the new product offerings to support the program, the cost factor and the company’s sustainability stance.
May 13, 2003—Werner Braun, President, Carpet & Rug Institute discusses new research from the cleaning and maintenance community and scientific literature into the cleanability and sanitizing of carpet. One particular study, which discusses the comparison of the lifecycle costs of VCT vs. carpet over a 22-year, finds the expense of VCT 31% greater.
May 13, 2003—Frank O’Neill, Publisher, Floor Focus and FloorRadio Host Dave Foster discuss: The Chapter 11 filing of L.D. Brinkman; The recent reports indicating a pending sale of DuPont Textiles & Interiors to Koch Industries for more than $5 billion and; Armstrong’s first quarter results.