Bill MacLeod, director of Business Development for the Grand Rapids, MI-based Irwin Seating Company - a manufacturer of fixed seating, such as that used in auditoriums and lecture rooms - said, "There are all kinds of different standards for durability.
Also related to durability is fire resistance, said MacLeod
explained there are two basic fire standards - one common to all the states; and the second, which can vary from state to state (California, for example, being more stringent than others).
"Different natural fibers, such as wool and cotton, as well as different petrochemical materials like nylon and polyester, have different wear/cleanability characteristics, all of which have an impact on costs," said MacLeod
"The trend is to use more material that is recycled or is recyclable," added MacLeod
, "particularly those that can help result in a LEED certification.
, as a manufacturer, said he
likes to be included in the decision, since he's
aware of quality and delivery issues in ways that the jobber may not.
The advantage of a jobber, on the other hand, is that he
is not limited to a single manufacturer.