Carpenter and Union Carbide worked together to produce a one-shot technique to mould foam that is still widely used. As well as increasing the amount of foam produced, he decided that Carpenter should make its own polyether polyols. The company is a major supplier in the US.
The company started expanding under Pauley's guidance, initially in the US, but later into Europe. He took control of the company in the 1980s, and was famed for his close interest in the business.
Today, Carpenter has 17 foam production plants, and 25 other locations.
It employs over 4200 people. As well as PU foam, it makes underlay, tyre fill, polyester fibre and expanded polystyrene.
'It was his vision that Carpenter should remain an independent privately held company because it was the best way to ensure clear decision making and strategic focus,' said Brad Beauchamp, Carpenter’s CEO. 'We are fortunate that he had the foresight to structure the company in a way that will help keep that a reality.'