PORON XRD metatarsal guard is featured in the new Falcon M1023 Mining Boot

Rogers, CT, October 7, 2009 – The High Performance Foams Division of Rogers Corporation has teamed up with Falcon, the innovation leader for safety footwear, to develop a revolutionary soft, flexible and conforming foam metatarsal guard that exceeds current safety footwear industry standards.

The innovative PORON┬« XRDTM metatarsal guard is featured in the new Falcon M1023 Mining Boot and replaces existing rigid, inflexible steel or plastic met guards. The new design is so soft and flexible that testing labs thought the metatarsal guard was missing. In the end, PORON XRD technology withstood all tests, and wearers can experience the best in protection – period – in a lightweight, wearable material that also exceeds ASTM F 2413 Metatarsal Impact Standards.


"It was a natural fit – Falcon, the premier maker of flexible and durable safety boots utilizing PORON XRD technology, the leading impact protection material," stated Dave Sherman, PORON Cushioning New Product Development Manager. "Miners and firefighters alike test their limits on a daily basis and need exceptional equipment they can rely on. It is in these extreme conditions where PORON materials will continually outlast and out perform other cushioning and impact protection materials."

For over 30 years PORON Cushioning has been an integral part in the insole designs of many work and safety footwear constructions. PORON XRD material will now provide wearers with the best in impact protection for their metatarsal guards. PORON XRD materials exhibit the same reliable, worry free benefits that all PORON Cushioning materials are know for: superior resistant to collapse under compression – ensuring consistent, long lasting performance – lightweight and breathable to help wearers stay cool and dry, and flexible to help ensure maximum range of motion.

The new Falcon M1023 Mining Boot with PORON XRD protection is available from Falcon's online boot store at www.FalconPF.com. For more information about PORON XRD Extreme Impact Protection and products, visit www.poronxrd.com

About Rogers Corporation

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG), headquartered in Rogers, Conn., is a global technology leader in the development and manufacture of high performance specialty material products for a variety of applications in a wide range of markets including: portable communications, consumer products, communication infrastructure, ground transportation, and aerospace and defense. Most of the Company's products are covered by trade secrets or patents. Rogers operates manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Connecticut, and Illinois in the U.S., in Gent, Belgium and in Bremen, Germany in Europe, and in Suzhou, China. Asian sales offices are located in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, India and Singapore. Rogers has joint ventures in Japan and China with INOAC Corporation, in Taiwan with Chang Chun Plastics Co., Ltd. And in the U.S. with Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. The world runs better with Rogers.® www.rogerscorp.com.

About Falcon

Established in 1963, Falcon has been making footwear in Lewistown, Maine, for 45 years. L.L. Bean, Dunham, Timberland, Cabela's and Browning are some of the brands in Falcon's history. Falcon has a strong tradition of quality, craftsmanship and innovation. In 2006 Falcon was selected by Globe Firefighter Suits of Pittsfield, NH, to manufacture a revolutionary boot for firefighters. Using an athletic show platform rather than the traditional stiff welted sole, this new premium leather boot provides exceptional comfort, durability and flexibility. www.flaconpf.com