Flooring Interviews

A news and interviews program, our news coverage focuses on the players and events from all segments of the industry including; suppliers, manufacturers distributors and members of the retail community.

John Rietveldt Discusses Recent Click System IP Rulings for Hard Surface Flooring

John Rietveldt Discusses Recent Click System IP Rulings for Hard Surface Flooring

January 17, 2017—John Rietveldt, CEO with Innovations 4 Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss recent Intellectual Property (IP) decisions related to patents and labeling requirements for click systems used in hard surface flooring. Listen to this interview, recorded at Domotex in Hannover, to hear more on these court and customs decisions, as well as more details around I4F's new partnership with the Classen Group.

Vergote and Vermette Discuss Mohawk's Plans to Build Modular Carpet Factory in Belgium

Vergote and Vermette Discuss Mohawk's Plans to Build Modular Carpet Factory in Belgium

January 16, 2017—Jan Vergote and Michel Vermette, CEO of IVC and President of the Mohawk Group (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss Mohawk Industries' plan to build a modular carpet tile plant in Belgium. Listen to the interview to hear about the timing of the facility, the type of products it will produce and the role of IVC in selling the plant's products once it is completed. Also hear Michel talk about the footprint of Mohawk's many brands at Domotex in Hanover.

Randy Merritt Discusses Shaw's Upcoming Convention and His Outlook for 2017

Randy Merritt Discusses Shaw's Upcoming Convention and His Outlook for 2017

January 13, 2017—Randy Merritt, President of Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights of Shaw's aligned dealer convention in Orlando which starts this Sunday and celebrates Shaw's 50th anniversary. Listen to the interview to hear Randy talk about this convention's focus on family relationships, on networking with other dealers, on consumer research, new product introductions as well as Randy's outlook for growth in 2017.

Jonathan Witt Discusses Rug Market Trends, Channel Shift and Growth Outlook

Jonathan Witt Discusses Rug Market Trends, Channel Shift and Growth Outlook

January 12, 2017—Jonathan Witt, Senior Vice President at Oriental Weavers USA, and Kemp Harr discuss the rising price points within the area rug business, the continued shift in where consumers buy area rugs, Oriental Weaver's plans for continued investment in US manufacturing capacity and the outlook for business growth in 2017. Listen to the interview for more details.

Stephanie Coffaro Discusses Her Role as Designer of the Surfaces Trends Home in Las Vegas

Stephanie Coffaro Discusses Her Role as Designer of the Surfaces Trends Home in Las Vegas

January 6, 2017—Stephanie Coffaro, an Interior Architect, and Kemp Harr discuss Stephanie's engagement as the designer on the Surfaces trends home at this year's expo in Las Vegas in two weeks. Listen to the interview to hear more about the design trends that helped drive her material choices for this year's exhibit. Floor Focus has been a long-time sponsor of the trends hub which, this year, has changed into more of a home.

Jenny and Eric Cross Discuss Their Venture Into In-Home Floor Covering Sales

Jenny and Eric Cross Discuss Their Venture Into In-Home Floor Covering Sales

January 5, 2017—Jenny and Eric Cross, new Franchisee owners with Floor Coverings International along with Tom Wood, the President, and Kemp Harr discuss Jenny and Eric's decision to leave the corporate world and pursue owning a shop-at-home floorcovering franchise in the greater Atlanta area. Listen to the interview to hear more about what drove this mid-career decision and also, hear Tom give some background on Floor Coverings International.

Suzanne Winn Discusses the Surfaces Design House and Speed Trending Breakfast

Suzanne Winn Discusses the Surfaces Design House and Speed Trending Breakfast

January 3, 2017—Suzanne Winn, Interior Designer and Anaheim based fashion flooring retailer, and Kemp Harr discuss the Surfaces design house and speed trending breakfast that are two new programs at Surfaces that have been created to help retailers understand the latest style trends and use that information to offer their consumers the right products.

John Baugh Discusses his Outlook for Business Performance In 2017

John Baugh Discusses his Outlook for Business Performance In 2017

December 21, 216—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus, and Kemp Harr, discuss John's enthusiasm for business growth in 2017 in light of the pro-business climate related to changes in Washington, DC. Listen to the interview to hear how increases in interest rates make housing more expensive but could well be followed with increased wages and other growth drivers. 

Gary Lanser Discusses Mohawk's New Hardwood and Laminate Products

Gary Lanser Discusses Mohawk's New Hardwood and Laminate Products

December 19, 2016—Gary Lanser, president of Mohawk's hardwood and laminate business, and Kemp Harr discuss Mohawk's new product introductions for 2017 in the hardwood and laminate categories. Listen to the interview to hear Gary talk about his retooled Arkansas plant and about the hardwood category overall.

Karen Mendelsohn Discusses Mohawk's Omnify and Branding Strategies

Karen Mendelsohn Discusses Mohawk's Omnify and Branding Strategies

December 16, 2016—Karen Mendelsohn, SVP of Marketing for Mohawk, and Kemp Harr discuss some of the subtle branding changes that Mohawk is making, as well as their Omnify digital marketing tool for independent retailers that was introduced at this year's Solutions convention last week in Dallas.