Volume VII, Issue 12 - May 26, 2006

The Carpet and Rug Institute news for industry executives

In This Issue:
-- New Cleaning Solution Joins CRI Seal of Approval Family
-- CRI Sponsoring Installation Training Sessions
-- OMNOVA Announces Price Increase on SBL
-- Oil Futures Fall Almost $1 a Barrel on Worries About Demand
-- House Votes to Sustain Ban for Off-shore Drilling
-- Connections Trade Show Draws a lot of Interest in SOA
-- Study Shows Sick Building Syndrome Less Attributable to Physical Environment
-- CARE Announces '05 Numbers, Awards
-- CRI Meetings
-- CRI Participation in Upcoming Events

New Cleaning Solution Joins CRI Seal of Approval Family

CRI Seal of ApprovalEncap-Punch is the latest cleaning solution to earn designation as a CRI Seal of Approval certified cleaning product. The pre- spray passed a series of stringent tests performed by an independent laboratory. Encap-Punch is produced by RELEASEIT Encapsulation Cleaning Technology which is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The tests for spot removers, pre-sprays and in-tank solutions include protocols for efficacy (removing stains), resoiling (whether the product attracts soil at an accelerated rate), pH (excessively acid or alkaline products can affect dyes and fibers), optical brighteners (can adversely affect color, appearance and performance) and colorfastness to light (residues on pile yarn can accelerate color change).

To date there are over 50 cleaning solutions which have earned SOA designation as being among the best cleaners on the market.

Contact Joan Seelaus at 706.428-2123.

View a list of SOA certified cleaning products

CRI Sponsoring Installation Training Sessions

CRI will be sponsoring a series of floor covering installation training sessions to be held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College located in Gulfport, MS. The program, which will begin June 12th, is part of a larger effort to support the communities recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The carpet industry’s assistance in developing an installation training program will help ensure quality installations of floor covering products as reconstruction of homes and other buildings continues in the Gulf region.

Each training session, which will provide an introduction to installation of carpet and will accommodate up to 15 students, will last three weeks and conclude with a written exam and official certification from the College. CRI’s manufacturing members have committed to supporting the program – by providing instructors and materials – for at least two rounds of training sessions, before the program is turned over to the College, which will continue the program using instructors certified through the course. The program curriculum has been developed with input from the carpet manufacturing members of CRI.

Contact Ken McIntosh 706.428-2105.

OMNOVA Announces Price Increase on SBL

OMNOVA Solutions announced a price increase of $0.03 per dry pound on styrene butadiene latex for carpet and related markets, effective June 19, 2006. The increase is due to continued inflation in raw material costs. OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a technology-based company with 2005 sales of $810 million and a current workforce of 1,800 employees worldwide. OMNOVA is an innovator of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and decorative and functional surfaces for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential end uses.

Contact James Beach at 706.428-2116.

Oil Futures Fall Almost $1 a Barrel on Worries About Demand

Crude oil prices fell nearly $1 a barrel this past week in a sell-off prompted by concerns that high oil prices are hurting demand. Markets were also reacting to Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili's comments that the cartel is unlikely to trim output when it meets June 1, despite fundamentals clearly indicating a surplus of crude.. The U.S. government released data last week that showed demand appeared to be flattening as a result of high prices.

The Department of Energy said U.S. gasoline demand over the past four weeks was 9.2 million barrels per day, or about even with the same period last year. Obviously, the price of oil continues to warrant attention from the carpet industry.

Contact Frank Hurd at 706.428-2136.

House Votes to Sustain Ban for Off-shore Drilling

The House of Representatives missed a golden opportunity to increase domestic supplies of natural gas when it adopted the Putnam (R-FL) amendment to the Interior Department appropriations bill. The amendment sustains a decades-old ban on further energy development in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Congress still hasn’t realized that there is no way out of our energy crisis without increasing domestic energy supplies. The supply-demand imbalance dictates that Congress act to change these restrictive policies, and do so quickly to improve bottom-line results for American manufacturers. CRI anticipates additional votes on OCS energy later this year. CRI will continue to partner with organizations like the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Consumer Alliance for Energy Security (CAES) to fight for common sense energy policies.

Contact Frank Hurd at 706.428-2136.

Connections Trade Show Draws a lot of Interest in SOA

CRI recently exhibited at the Connections Convention and Trade Show in Clearwater, Florida and was pleased by the number of attendees who came by the booth to talk about the Seal of Approval Program. Shaw Industries’ Carey Mitchell, who heads up CRI’s Cleaning and Maintenance Issues Management Team, was one of the featured speakers for the event and gave a group of 60-plus attendees an update on the SOA Program.

The Spring Connections Show is one of the largest gatherings of residential cleaning and maintenance vendors and provided a worthwhile venue to pass along updates on all of CRI’s cleaning programs. Recent news by some of the carpet industry’s largest mills that carpet warranties will soon be tied to use of SOA products continues to spark an interest in the certification programs and CRI staff at the show received several inquiries from companies wanting to get their products certified.

Contact James Beach at 706.428-2116.

Study Shows Sick Building Syndrome Less Attributable to Physical Environment

A recent study done within the United Kingdom to determine the cause of Sick Building Syndrome found that the physical environment of office buildings appears to be less important than features of the psychosocial work environment in explaining differences in the prevalence of symptoms. Over 4,000 adults within 44 buildings were studied and no significant relation was found between most aspects of the physical work environment and symptom prevalence. Over the years, carpet, among many factors, has been wrongly linked as a possible contributor to those reporting Sick Building Syndrome.

Contact James Beach at 706.428-2116.

See The Study Abstract

CARE Announces '05 Numbers, Awards

The Fourth Annual Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Annual Conference was recently held at Callaway Gardens and the highlight of the event was the announcement that 225 million pounds of post-consumer carpet had been diverted from landfills in 2005. The release of CARE’s Fourth Annual Report included updates on progress the organization has made in its first four years of existence as well as the annual survey results for 2005 which showed an increase of 108 percent from the amount reported diverted in 2004.

In addition to that announcement, CARE also recognized its Recycler of the Year in Champion Polymer Recycling and its CARE Person of the Year which went to Los Angeles Fiber President Ronald Greitzer.

Contact Bob Peoples at 706.428-2115.

CRI Meetings

* Government Issues Committee, June 6, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
* Sustainability Issues Management Team, June 7, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
* Operating Committee, June 20, 9:00 - 11:00 am
* Cleaning and Maintenance Issues Management Team, June 21, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
* Market Issues Committee, June 26, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
* CRI Annual Meeting, November 9, Northwest Georgia Convention and Trade Center, 11:00 - 2:00 pm

CRI Participation in Upcoming Events

* Connections Trade and Convention Show, September 21-23, Las Vegas, NV
* ISSA/Interclean, 2006, October 4-7, Chicago, IL
* Megatex, October 31 – November 3, Atlanta, GA
* USGBC Greenbuild, November 15-17, Denver, CO

If you are aware of other events that present significant opportunities to deliver our messages to our critical audiences, please contact Joan Seelaus at 706.428.2123.

Check our website calendar for other industry related events

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