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.


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.


Armondo Cafiero Discusses the Global Tile Market and Cersaie's Leadership

September 26, 2013—Armondo Cafiero, general director of the ceramic industry in Italy, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, talk about the Italian tile industry and how it continues to grow internationally. Listen to the interview to find out how extensively Italian companies are investing in their manufacturing facilities and how that factors in Italy's continued leadership in the industry. This interview was recorded at the Cersaie tile trade show.


Michael Johnson Discusses His Cersaie Presentation on Paolo Soleri and Women in Architecture

September 25, 2013—Michael Johnson, an architect and professor at Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and Kemp Harr, discuss Michael's two seminars at Cersaie 2013. The first debuts a movie on Paolo Soleri, who recently died, and the second is on the stature of women in the field of architecture. Listen to the interview for more details.


Giulio Bonazzi Discusses Aquafil's Econyl Depolymerization Investment in Slovenia

September 24, 2013—Giulio Bonazzi, CEO of Aquafil, and Kemp Harr, discuss Aquafil's Econyl fiber and the firm's depolymerization plant in Slovenia. Listen to the interview to learn details about the process Aquafil uses to repurpose post-consumer carpet yearn and old fish nets to create the Econyl yarns. Also learn about the history of this innovative company.


Brian Carson and Tom Lape Discuss Mohawk's New Continuum Process PET Carpet Fiber

September 23, 2013—Brian Carson, President, and Tom Lape, Director of Sales and Marketing, respectively for Mohawk Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's $180 million investment in its P.E.T. process, called Continuum, a new technology. It's the company's major investment in polyester carpet fiber, which is continuing to take share. Listen to the interview to find out what makes Continuum different and will help differentiate Mohawk products in the marketplace.


Dave Snedeker Discusses Recent Growth at NFM and Expansion Plans in Dallas

September 19, 2013—Dave Snedecker, Division Merchandise Manager with Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr,discuss the success of the company's flooring sales in the Midwest. Listen to the interview to hear that carpet sales are better than expected and how that segment is contributing to double-digit growth this year. In addition, Dave talks about the company's fourth store under construction in Dallas.


Thomas Trissl Discusses TMT America's Acquisition of HPS America

September 18, 2013—Thomas Trissl, Owner of TMT America, discusses his new company and its recent decision to acquire HPS America. Watch the video to see Thomas talk about his success with Centiva, his continued passion for the floorcovering business and more details about the Schönox brand.


Phil Koufidakis Discusses the Health of the NFA Membership from its Fall Meeting In Boston

September 17, 2013—Phil Koufidakis, president of the National Floorcovering Alliance and principal of Baker Brothers, and Kemp Harr, discuss changes at the association and how more members are involved in specific tasks. Listen to the interview to hear how the organization helps its members market themselves through various brand programs. This interview was recorded at the organization's fall meeting in Boston.


Jon Pierce Discusses His Recipe for Success As a Floorcovering Dealer in Montana

September 16, 2013—Jon Pierce, General Manager of Pierce Flooring in Montana, and Kemp Harr, talk about the business and how it has been affected by fracking activity in the area. Listen to the interview to find out what's selling in his area, how Pierce develops store traffic and creates awareness through unique events, and Pierce's aggressive approach to consumer financing. This interview was recorded at the National Floorcovering Alliance fall meeting in Boston.


Charles Monroe Discusses CMC's New Products at FloorTek

September 13, 2013—Charles Monroe, CEO of Card-Monroe, the producer of colorPoint tufting machines, and Kemp Harr, discuss the firm's latest technology and how it will influence carpet styling, especially for the residential market. Listen to the interview, recorded at the FloorTek show in Dalton, to learn more about the company's strategy and how it sees current business conditions.



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