Guylaine St-Cyr, president and CEO of Rene St-Cyr, was on-hand at the recent NWFA convention to talk about her company and its Temavi technology. We caught up with her after the show to more thoroughly discuss her background and experience in the industry, as well as the Temavi milling process.
First, can you tell me about your background in the flooring industry?
From the time I could walk and talk, my dad shared his knowledge and passion about wood and all the things related to it. At the age of 7, back in the day – 1976 – my dad founded René St-Cyr in a little town called Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel, Quebec, Canada. Our house was just walking distance from the company. Every day when I finished school, I would go see my dad in his office, and he would sit me down and teach me something new about wood.
When I was 12 all the way up until I was 20, he would take me with him to hardwood flooring conventions. There I would hand out pamphlets and answer questions. The people found it cute that his little daughter could answer them. They would say, “She has it in her blood; must come from the dad.” At the age of 20, my first official job was working as a sales representative. From that time onward I was 100% involved and never looked back.
The year 1996 was an important milestone for the company’s history. The founder, my dad, retired and a new fresh team arrived, generating a flood of fresh and innovative ideas. Our equipment was modernized, which improved our product quality and significantly increased production capacity. That year we also became a hardwood flooring subcontractor, which enabled us to broaden our horizons.
Describe the Temavi process. What makes it unique?
In a nutshell, the Temavi process is a reinvention of the traditional tongue & groove joint and creates a system that offers a remarkable ease of assembly and disassembly, along with an outstanding uniformity with the assembled flooring.
The process came about from specific requests that our clients wanted in a board. Installers wanted boards that would be quick and easy to disassemble and install, which meant having a loose joint. Companies wanted a stable and uniform surface, making it easier for them to sand and/or varnish, which meant having a tightjoint. With this in mind, we developed the Temavi process to accomplish both demands.
The uniqueness comes from the way the boards can be loosely fitted so that assembly and disassembly is quick, but at the same time it can have that tight fit so at the installation, sanding and/or varnishing stage, it keeps its uniformity.
What benefits does Temavi offer specifically to installers?
For installers, the Temavi system makes it easier to separate the boards once out of the package and faster to assemble them on the surface they have to cover. They save considerable time on installation and money on expensive sandpaper they don’t have to use, and it helps in establishing customer loyalty by providing consistent quality.
Are there ever any instances where the Temavi process can be compromised, such as in high moisture or humidity situations?
Wood is wood so if there is moisture or excessive humidity, you will have the same problems as with traditional tongue & groove.
Anything else you’d like to add?
The Temavi process is offered on prefinished, unfinished and solid hardwood. As for engineered we are still in the research and development stage. Anyone who is interested may write to us at email@example.com and we will be more than happy to inform them if there are manufacturers or suppliers that are in their area – one of our American licensees of the Temavi process is Maine Traditions Hardwood Flooring. More information can also be found at http://temavi.com.