Carlisle Companies Inc was incorporated in 1986 in Delaware as a holding company for Carlisle Corporation. The Company is a diversified manufacturing company consisting of four segments which manufacture and distribute a broad range of products. Its segments include Carlisle Construction Materials, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Carlisle Brake & Friction, and Carlisle FoodService Products. The Construction Materials segment manufactures and sells rubber and thermoplastic polyolefin roofing systems. In addition, it markets and sells polyvinyl chloride membrane and accessories purchased from third party suppliers. The Interconnect Technologies segment designs and manufactures high performance wire, cable, contacts, fiber optic, RF/microwave and specialty filtered connectors, specialty cable assemblies, integrated wired racks, trays, and fully integrated airframe subsystem solutions primarily for the aerospace, defense electronics, industrial, medical, and test and measurement equipment industries. This segment operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Switzerland, China, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, with the United States, Europe, and China being the primary target markets for sales. The Brake & Friction segment consists of off-highway braking systems and friction products for off-highway, on-highway, aircraft, and other industrial applications. It also includes the performance racing group which markets and sells high-performance motorsport braking products. Its products are sold by direct sales personnel to OEMs, mass merchandisers, and various wholesale and industrial distributors around the world, including North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. Key markets served include agriculture, construction, aircraft, mining, heavy truck, wind and alternative energy, and performance racing. Manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, China, and Japan. The FoodService Products segment manufactures and distributes commercial and institutional foodservice permanentware, table coverings, cookware, display pieces, lighting equipment, and supplies to restaurants, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and correctional facilities, and industrial brooms, brushes, mops, and rotary brushes for industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. The Company owns or holds the right to use a variety of patents, trademarks, licenses, inventions, trade secrets, and other intellectual property rights. Research and development activities include the development of new product lines, the modification of existing product lines to comply with regulatory changes, and the research of cost efficiencies through raw material substitution and process improvements. The Company is subject to increasingly stringent environmental laws and regulations, including those relating to air emissions, wastewater discharges, chemical and hazardous waste management and disposal.