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.


Cheryl Duvall Discusses the Highlights of NeoCon East 2013 in Baltimore

October 17, 2013—Cheryl Duvall, President with Avancé, and Kemp Harr, discuss the show traffic at NeoCon East despite the lack of government attendees. Listen to the interview to hear Cheryl talk about the highlights of the show.


Christine Neufeld Discusses LSI Floors Shift to Direct Distribution in the U.S.

October 16, 2013—Christine Neufeld, Director of Marketing with LSI Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss LSI's recent shift to a direct to market channel strategy. Listen to the interview to hear more about this decision and a few more details about LSI Floors' approach to the commercial LVT market.


Kermit Baker Discusses the Economic Outlook for the Commercial Construction Market

October 14, 2013—Kermit Baker, an economist with the American Institute of Architecture, and Kemp Harr,discuss the momentum of the AIA's billing index, which has been positive for a sustained period of a year now. Listen to the interview to hear Kermit talk about his economic outlook for construction growth both near term and into the future. Kermit also briefly discusses energy, on-shoring and the government shutdown. 


Bill Imhoff Discusses Intertech's 25 year Celebration in Texas

October 11, 2013—Bill Imhoff, President and CEO of Intertech (a commercial flooring contractor based in Austin, Texas), and Kemp Harr, discuss Intertech's 25th year celebration event that was held last week in Kyle, Texas. Listen to the interview to hear more about Intertech, their market conditions and a few of their focus areas that have resulted in rapid growth.


Chad Moutray with NAM Discusses his Economic Outlook and the Reshoring U.S. Manufacturing Trend

October 10, 2013—Chad Moutray, the economist with the National Association of Manufacturers, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss NAM's economic outlook for the remainder of 2013 and the potential effect that the Washington shutdown could have on his estimate. In addition, Chad addresses the economic factors that are motivating companies to bring their manufacturing back to the U.S. Listen to the interview for more details.


Tracy Hammond Discusses Potential Solutions to End the Washington Stalemate

October 7, 2013—Tracy Hammond, a Lobbyist for the Carpet and Rug Institute with Polsinelli, and Kemp Harr, discuss key issues and potential solutions to resolve the government shutdown in Washington, DC. Listen to the interview to hear this Washington insider's perspective.


Russell Grizzle Discusses Mannington's LVT Expansion in Madison, Georgia

October 4, 2013—Russell Grizzle, President and CEO of Mannington Mills discusses Mannington's LVT expansion in Madison, Georgia. The expansion, which is estimated to cost $50 million, will add over 200 jobs and will quadruple the output of this LVT plant from what it was able to produce when Mannington purchased the plant as part of its Amtico acquisition. Listen to the interview for more details.


Michelle Miller Discusses the Upcoming NAFCD Meeting In Chicago

October 3, 2013—Michelle Miller, Executive VP with the North American Association of Floorcovering Distributors (NAFCD), and Kemp Harr, discuss the NAFCD's annual meeting that will be held in Chicago on November 12-14. Listen to the interview to hear details about how the organization has grown and changed and a few of the highlights for next month's meeting.


Howard Brodsky Discusses the FCIF Golf Tournament Results

October 2, 2013—Howard Brodsky, Co-CEO with CCA Global, and Kemp Harr, discuss the results of the Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament held at Barnsley Gardens in mid-September. Listen to the interview to hear more about the even, the Floor Covering Industry Foundation and a little about current market conditions in the retail floorcovering business.


Scott Sandlin Discusses Shaw's $40 Million Hardwood Expansion in Tennessee

September 30, 2013—Scott Sandlin, Shaw's VP of Hard Surface Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss a few details about Shaw's decision to invest $40 million to expand its Epic Hardwood facility in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the plant and market conditions.