Scott Holmberg is in pursuit of vacuum perfection. He’s a master of plastics, and he’s used his expertise to create an array of products for Riccar. His patience, persistence and attention to detail were instrumental in bringing the Riccar R25 Series vacuums to market. While there’s no question he’s an expert in his field, the Creative and Marketing teams at Riccar also have reveled in his ability to translate technical terms in a way that’s easy to understand.

Q: What is your background, and how long have you worked for Riccar?

I have worked for Riccar for over 17 years as a Design Engineer for home floor care. Over the years I have been promoted to Senior Design Engineer and my role has expanded to working on Commercial Floor Care and Koala sewing cabinets. Some of my past projects include the Riccar 30 and 40 Series vacuums, a backpack vacuum for commercial floor care, upgrades to the older 3000 and 4000 series vacuums, the Carpet Keeper and all the 25 Series vacuums.

I have a degree in Plastics Engineering from Pittsburg State University (Kansas), which allowed me to use my expertise in the plastics field working for a number of plastic consumer product companies.

Q: What’s your favorite vacuum and why?

I have several Riccar vacuums at home that I brought home for testing as pre-production samples, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. I have both the Tandem Air 30 and 40 Series vacuums, a Roam (cordless broom vacuum), a Cordless SupraLite and a Prima Canister – all great vacuums. But my favorite that I use the most is the new R25 Series for its ability to work on all surface types from bare floors to thick carpet. It’s just quick and easy to use.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?

I’ve been with Tacony a long time because the people are great to work with, and it allows me to be creative and design products that people love to use, which is very rewarding.

Q: Give us a fun fact about yourself.

I love talking to people about vacuums once they hear what I do for a living, educating them on why they need a good cleaning vacuum and how our Riccar brand is the best. I always tell them “my job really sucks, but that is good thing!”

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