Coverings 2002 is just about to start in Orlando, Fla. That and a vicious attack of assonance lifts ceramic and stone installation to the top of FCI's May issue. Later this year we'll explore cleaning and maintenance with the Adamant Laminate Contaminant.
For the second year in a row, FCI magazine is sponsoring an educational panel at the Surfaces trade show and exhibition in Las Vegas, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. And for the second year in a row, I find myself in the enviable position of watching a collection of industry professionals reaching deep into their collective experience to try and better the installation segment as a whole.
Floor covering removal is a necessary step in a majority of installations, both residential and commercial. FCI convened a round-table of manufacturers to explore the latest advances and look at what is available to installation professionals thinking of adding removal to their service mix.
Occasionally, we move forward without taking time to thank those who make our progress possible. FCI continues to enjoy great success in the floor covering installation industry due to the professionalism and pride that its columnists and contributors put into each and every issue. It’s time to recognize the individuals whose contributions are the platform from which FCI grows and prospers.
When the BNP brain trust first broached the subject of incorporating a seventh issue into FCI’s publishing schedule, I’ll admit to some reservations. Not with content, mind you; there’s nothing in the floor covering installation industry that even comes close. No, my reluctance stemmed from the knowledge that the only absolute in this equation was more work. For me. Absolutely. I expressed as much in the publisher’s office the next day.
The 4th Annual World Floor Covering Association National Installation Contest at Surfaces 2001, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, brought together one of the most balanced and competitive fields the event has ever seen. The two-day contest saw 20 of the floor covering installation industry’s elite technicians put their skills to the test to compete for the privilege of being recognized as the industry’s best.
Robert Frost died in 1963, and since then his works may be among the most mangled, manipulated, and misquoted in all of popular culture, abused by a collection of hacks and half-wits armed with writing implements and terminal cases of self-delusion, as well as shameless dependencies on alliteration. I pledge my name to that order of literary butchers in the hope they will welcome me with open arms because, after this, I’m pretty sure his family never will.