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John Weaver Interview, Part One

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John Weaver, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Morbern has been with the company for 12 years. We sat down with him to talk about the challenges and opportunities in the vinyl upholstery industry. In part one of our three-part interview, we look at the misconceptions around vinyl and its role in everyday life.

In your 12 years at Morbern, what have been the biggest challenges to the upholstered vinyl industry?  

The main challenge was and is education. PVC coated fabrics are the most cost effective materials for upholstery. They are also safe, stable and PVC is inherently flame retardant and resistant. Yet, vinyl is under constant attack from organizations because of chloride.

Yet, chloride, is a common compound found in everyday life. When you put salt on your French fries, you are actually putting Sodium Chloride on your fries. When you jump into a pool for a relaxing swim, you are most likely jumping into a body of water which includes chloride (chlorine). When you use a soft water softener in your home, you are most likely using chloride-based salt crystals.

What are the most common misconceptions about vinyl?

The biggest misconception is that PVC isn’t safe. But take a look at where it’s used – in some of the most critical aspects of our daily lives – and you’ll see that can’t possibly be true. From environmental protection to healthcare we trust vinyl to do very important jobs.

Landfill sites use PVC to line the floor of their sites, to protect any environmental insensitive material leaching through into the earth.

Potable water containers use PVC material. In essence, the health and cleanliness of our drinking water is assured with the use of PVC.

Blood bags and IV bags in health care facilities use PVC material. These are just a few examples of the positive and powerful impact PVC and its applications assist in our daily lives.

National Safe Boating Week

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There couldn’t be a better time to celebrate the lifting of COVID restrictions and the official beginning of boat season!  As we all pack our sunscreen and towels, and head out to our favorite lakes, rivers, inlets and oceans, we wanted to share some good safety reminders from our friends at the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

This week is National Safe Boating Week. And although we will be talking about safe boating practices all summer, we thought NMMA’s observance was the perfect time to start.

Top 12 Safety Items You Need on Your Boat

Depending on the type of boating you do and where you do it, some of these may be required or only recommended items. Either way, you can pack most of these aboard even the smallest of boats.

  1. Medical kit for cuts, scrapes, seasickness or small emergencies
  2. Anchor with line to hold your boat in place while you wait for help to arrive
  3. Bailing device or bucket to dewater and stay afloat
  4. Oars or paddles if the engine quits
  5. Cellphone to call for help
  6. VHF radio to call for help
  7. Knife to cut a line around a fouled propeller
  8. Snorkel mask to inspect what’s going on under the boat
  9. Heavy duty flashlight
  10. Skier or diver down flag
  11. Working running lights if your boat is equipped with them
  12. A way to get weather updates because things can change quickly even on a lake

For more on safety from NMMA, head on over to their feature on 12 Safe Boating Tips.  You will learn the basics to ensure you’re safe and responsible while out on the water.

Happy Boating from all your friends at Morbern!