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.

Michel Vermette and Bill Storey Discuss Mohawk's Karastan Expansion in Eden, N.C.

May 22, 2015—Michel Vermette and Bill Storey, President of Mohawk Commercial and SVP of Karastan Residential (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss yesterday's news that Mohawk is spending $8 million on new weaving capacity at its Karastan plant in Eden, North Carolina. Listen to the interview to hear more details about what sounds like the first phase of a collaborative effort between Mohawk's commercial, residential and area rug business in this historic U.S. mill town. This move will bring 100 jobs to the area.

Frank Endrenyi Discusses Viable Outlets for Post Consumer PET Carpet

May 20, 2015—Frank Endrenyi, a polymer consultant and adviser to the CARE board, and Kemp Harr discuss Frank's work in finding economically feasible outlets for post consumer PET carpet which is now the leading type of carpet sold in the U.S. residential market. Unlike nylon, PET has limited value once it has served its useful life as a floorcovering. Listen to the interview to hear where CARE stands on finding viable solutions.

Ruth Simon McRae Discusses Last Week's AIA Convention in Atlanta

May 19, 2015—Ruth Simon McRae, a textile designer and columnist with Floor Focus, and Kemp Harr discuss Ruth's observations and take-aways from last week's American Institute of Architecture (AIA) conference held in Atlanta. Listen to the interview to hear more details.

NAHB Economist David Crowe Discusses his Forecast on the Housing Market

May 15, 2015—David Crowe, Chief Economist for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Kemp Harr discuss his forecast for the housing market in the near term. He expects single family housing to grow 9% this year to 704,000 new units, but is calling for a 39% growth in 2016. Listen to the interview to find out why.

Brendan McSheehy Discusses CARE's Achievments and Challenges

May 14, 2015—Brendan McSheehy, Chairman of the Board for CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort), and Kemp Harr discuss the key challenges and achievements that the organization is facing as it works to achieve its goal of reducing the amount of discarded carpet that ends up in the nation's landfills. Listen to the interview to hear more details about where this organization stands on achieving its goals.

Jack Thomasson Discusses the HGTV Smart Home in Austin With Shaw's Floorcovering

May 13, 2015—Jack Thomasson, Professional Home Planner with HGTV, and Kemp Harr discuss the HGTV Smart Home in Austin Texas. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the Shaw Flooring that is used throughout the house and learn how "Green" homes evolved in the last eight years.

Kathy Young Discusses Shaw Floors' "Awesome" Ad Campaign

May 12, 2015—Kathy Young, VP of Marketing Services for Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr discuss Shaw Floors' increased investment in consumer advertising with their "awesome" ad campaign. Listen to the interview to hear details about this emotional appeal campaign that works across all demographics.

Barbara Lyons Stewart Discusses Her New "Flooring Psych" Book for Interior Designers

May 8, 2015—Barbara Lyons Stewart, Architect/Designer from San Francisco, and Kemp Harrdiscuss Barbara's recently published book "Flooring Psych." Listen to the interview to hear about how practical principles of design, particularly in relationship to flooring choices, can psychologically and physically affect our overall health and mental well being.

Franco Rossi Discusses Aquafil USA's Growth, Recycling Focus and Upcoming Event

May 7, 2015—Franco Rossi, President of Aquafil USA, and Kemp Harr discuss Aquafil's growth in the U.S. over the last 16 years, the economics of recycling in light of the fluctuating price of oil and their celebration event scheduled for May 29th in Cartersville, Georgia.

Dave Dumoulin Discusses Highlights of RFMS' 30th Anniversary Event Held Last Week

May 6, 2015—Dave Dumoulin, Director of Sales with RFMS, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of last week's RFMS 30th anniversary celebration and training meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. Listen to the interview to hear Dave talk about their latest "mobile based" software solutions, who came to the meeting and what they learned.