In order for the professional installation mechanic to thrive in today's uncertain economic environment, he or she must have access to the information necessary to succeed at his or her fingertips. The increasingly competitive and cost-focused market demands a high level of intellectual acumen as well as physical prowess.

Thanks to you and your continued support, FCI is proud to announce our 2002 Directory & Buying Guide. This issue is your one-stop source for information about manufacturers, products, services, associations and training.

As a floor covering installation professional, you need to have the most up-to-date information in order to stay competitive in today's fast-paced, technology-driven marketplace. This directory will allow you to maintain a solid line of communication with the companies whose tools, techniques, and services you rely on.

Once again, our directory will be available online as well at www.fcimag.com. This searchable online database makes finding the information you need easier than ever.

Simply put, FCI is about innovation. We are constantly on the cutting edge, seeking new information and producing articles that are vital for you and your profession. We are your ears and voice within the floor covering installation industry.

Thank you for making us the first place you turn to for the up-to-the-minute installation related information you need to succeed! We hope this directory comes in handy for you.

Dan Lipman

Publisher