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.


John Wells Discusses the Highlights of Interface's Neocon Message for 2013

June 10, 2013—John Wells, President of Interface Americas, and Kemp Harr, talk about the NeoCon trade show before Monday's opening. Listen to the interview to hear about Interface's product called Net Effect, which uses recycled fishing nets that have been abandoned and pose hazards to ocean life. In addition, John talks about Interface's second global launch.


Santo Torcivia Discusses His Economic Outlook and the Recently Published U.S. FlooReport

June 7, 2013—Santo Torcivia, an Economist with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Santo's latest edition of the U.S. FlooReport—an annual 400 page publication that provides a thorough analysis of where the flooring market is today and where it is headed. Listen to the interview to hear the economic premise behind Santo's forecast and a few of the highlights related to share and channel shift.


Collin Burry With Gensler Discusses the Benefits of Attending NeoCon in Chicago

June 6, 2013—Collin Burry, Princeiple with Gensler in San Francisco, and Kemp Harr, discuss how he gets the most out of NeoCon in Chicago each year. Listen to the interview to hear more about Collin's practice and the value he gets out of attending NeoCon every year.


Tom Borders and Rick Moon Discuss Propex Carpet Backing Expansion News

June 5, 2013—Tom Borders, Business Director for carpet Backing, and Rick Moon, Account Executive, discuss Propex's recent announcement that they are expanding their backing facility in Hazelhurst, Georgia to satisfy the increasing demand for their Isis primary backing. Isis is a woven primary backing that is specifically designed as a tufting foundation for modular carpet. Listen to the interview for more details.


Robert Forrest Discusses Cobble's Acquisition by Van de Wiele

May 30, 2013—Robert Forrest, Director of Operations for Cobble USA, discusses this week's acquisition of Cobble by Belgium firm Michel Van de Wiele. Cobble, founded in Chattanooga, TN, was the original producer of tufting machines and has grown to have manufacturing locations in the U.S., the U.K., and China. Listen to the interview for more details about Cobble and Michel Van de Wiele.


Aaron Pirner Discusses the New Pilot Retail Flooring Store Concept called the Floor Project

May 29, 2013—Aaron Pirner, CEO with Cap Carpets, Inc., and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the grand opening of cap's two new pilot retail flooring stores. These new stores, called the Floor project, were created following some detailed consumer research that helped them change the format of the way consumers shop for flooring. Listen to the interview for more details including types of flooring, private label branding strategy, and technology enhancements.


Seth Arnold Discusses the Web Based Feedback Mohawks Receives on Its Brand

May 24, 2013—Seth Arnold, Brand Director for Mohawk's residential carpet business, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk's decision to allow consumers to give honest feedback about their brand experience via the internet. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how Mohawk uses this information to improve.


Amy Jaekel Discusses OW Hospitality's Axminster Introduction at the HD Expo

May 22, 2013—Amy Jaekel, U.S. Style Leader at OW Hospitality, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss OW's Watercolor Axminster carpet introduction at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more about Watercolor and about Amy's background in textile design.


Don Coates on Brintons Recovery as the Market Leader in Axminister Carpet with the help of Carlyle

May 20, 2013—Don Coates, Managing Director for Brintons, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Brinton's turnaround from a family-owned, bankrupt company who is now recovering and growing with the help of the Carlyle Group. Listen to the interview from the floor of the Hospitality Design show in Vegas to hear more details about how the company turned itself around.


Lee Blair and Mark Page Talk about Durkan's Growth in the Hospitality Market

May 17, 2013—Lee Blair and Mark Page, the Global Head of Hospitality and Sr. Director of Color and Design at Durkan respectively, and Kemp Harr, talk about market conditions and carpet trends in the hospitality market. Listen to the interview, recorded earlier this week at the HD show in Vegas, for more details.