Interview Archives

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.


Russell Grizzle Discusses Ribbon Cutting at Mannington's New LVT Finishing Plant

May 13, 2016—Russell Grizzle, CEO of Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr discuss Mannington's continued investment in USA made LVT in what Russell calls Mannington's largest organic investment in the history of the company. Listen to the interview to hear more about Mannington's LVT strategy.


Franco Rossi Discusses Aquafil's Continued Focus on Recycling and His Observations from the HD Expo

May 12, 2016—Franco Rossi, President of Aquafil USA, and Kemp Harr discuss Aquafil's continued growth and diversity of their Econyl recycled Nylon 6 program and his observations from last week's hospitality design show in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear the potential benefit of the new focus on LVT which could keep the mid-sized carpet suppliers from backwards integrating into fiber production.


Santo Torcivia Discusses Floor Focus' Annual Report Analysis of Calendar Year 2015

May 11, 2016—Santo Torcivia, An Economist with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr discuss the May issue of Floor Focus which contains a thorough analysis of the overall growth of flooring in calendar year 2015 as well as category shifts and brand shifts among American producers in the U.S. Market. Listen to the interview for highlights of this report.


Catherine Minervini Discusses Highlights and Trends from the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas

May 5, 2016—Catherine Minervini, a marketing consultant with Green Owl Studio, and Kemp Harr, discuss overall tone and product trends from this year's HD Expo in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more about the metallic shapes, textures and global influences seen from the show floor at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Here is a Pinterest link to some of her observations: https://www.pinterest.com/greenowstudioLA/hospitality-design-expo-2016/


David Duncan Discusses Durkan's Focus in Hospitality from the HD Expo in Las Vegas

May 4, 2016—David Duncan, Senior VP of the Durkan brand at Mohawk, and Kemp Harr discuss the growth of the hospitality category, flooring product trends and Durkan's focus at this week's HD Expo in Las Vegas.


Dan Natkin Discusses Regulations Related to CARB, the Lacey Act and Global Harmonized Labeling

May 3, 2016—Dan Natkin, Senior Director of Residential Products for Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr discuss a round table discussion that Dan moderated at the NWFA expo related to government regulations. Listen to the interview to hear an update on CARB (as it relates to formaldehyde), the Lacy Act and Global Harmonized Labeling.


Tommy Maxwell Discusses His Focus as the Incoming Chairman of the NWFA

May 2, 2016—Tommy Maxwell, Owner of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss his focus as the leader of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) in the coming year. Listen to the interview to hear Tommy talk about his outlook for wood flooring sales in 2016.


Drew Hash Discusses Shaw Industry's Hardwood Business and Market Trends

April 29, 2016—Drew Hash, VP of Hardwood with Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr discuss the latest news and sales results for Shaw's hardwood business and the latest styling trends in the market. Listen to the interview for more details.


Michael Martin Discusses the Highlights and Issues from the NWFA Expo in Charlotte

April 28, 2016—Michael Martin, president and CEO of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), and Kemp Harr discuss the growth to the hardwood flooring category and key initiatives and challenges facing the business. Listen to the interview which was recorded at the annual NWFA expo held this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Paolo Mularoni Discusses Del Conca's U.S. Tile Production Expansion Plans

April 26, 2016—Paolo Mularoni, President of Del Conca USA, and Kemp Harr discuss last week's news that Del Conca will be doubling the capacity of the Loudon, Tennessee factory that the firm built two years ago. Listen to the interview to hear more details about Del Conca's focus with this expansion.

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