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 Wu of Novalis Discusses the Chinese Firm and its Products From Surfaces

January 30, 2015—From Surfaces 2015, John Wu, CEO of Chinese LVT maker Novalis, and Kemp Harr, discuss the industry and how increasing domestic capacity will affect the company. Watch the interview to find out more about this large producer of LVT, its product assortment, its growth projections, and how it will continue to compete in the U.S. market.

James Lesslie Discusses Engineered Floors' New Products and Plans from Surfaces

January 29, 2015—From the Surfaces trade show, James Lesslie, Assistant to the Chairman for Engineered Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's Dream Weaver division and the debut of its first soft nylon carpet products. Watch the interview to find out more information about the company's new Pet Perfect backing system, as well as the company's plans for the new year.

Jack Raidy Jr. Discusses New Products from W.F. Taylor

January 28, 2015—From the Surfaces trade show, Jack Raidy Jr., President of adhesives maker W.F. Taylor, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's new products that include sound reducing properties. Listen to the interview to find out about Taylor's new liquid underlayment for floating floor systems that levels floors and deadens sound, as well as other new products on tap for this year.

Lindsey-Ann Waldrep Discusses Crossville's Messaging and New Products at Surfaces

January 27, 2015—From the Surfaces trade show, Lindsey-Ann Waldrep, VP of Marketing for tile maker Crossville, and Kemp Harr, discuss how Geography, Geology and Geometry play into Crossville's new messaging for 2015. Also, watch the interview to find out more about Crossville's new products that were on display at the show and why the firm continues to win awards for design.

Ed Duncan and Joe Amato Discuss Mannington Mills at Surfaces 2015

January 26, 2015—Recorded at Surfaces 2015: Ed Duncan, President, and Joe Amato, VP of Residential Styling, for Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mannington's 2014 as well as new products the firm had on display at the show. Listen to the interview to find out how Mannington sees 2015, as well as information about product design Trends.

Alex Jauregui Discusses Mannington's International Business From Domotex Germany

January 22, 2015—Alex Jauregui, Senior VP of Carpet Business with Mannington Commercial, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Mannington Commercial's international sales success using Domotex Germany as a meeting place for its global partners. Listen to the interview to hear more details including a few of the international projects where Mannington's products have been installed.

Susanne Klaproth Discusses the 2015 Domotex Expo in Germany

January 21, 2015—Susanne Klaproth, Director of Domotex, and Kemp Harr, talk about the features of Domotex that attract a global audience year after year. Listen to the interview to hear Susanne talk about the attendance level, range of audience and new programs at this year's show in Germany.

Jonathan Train Discusses the Growth of the LVT Business From Domotex, Germany

January 20, 2015—Jonathan Train, the newly appointed CEO of Swiff-Train and EarthWerks, and Kemp Harr, discuss the growth of the LVT business since they got into it 30 years ago. Listen to the interview to hear more details about EarthWerks, the Global LVT market, and the value of Domotex as an international show.

Pete Sigman and Chris Bryant Discuss Shaw's New Lifeguard Backing System

January 19, 2015—Pete Sigman and Chris Bryant, Vice President of Innovations and Vice President of Research and Development, respectively, for Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss a new carpet backing system called Lifeguard that has been in the works for several years. Listen to the interview to find out how this system has the potential to change the backing industry by making the entire carpet a thermoplastic that potentially can be recycled.

Helmut Twilfer Discusses Schönox Self Leveling Floor Prep Invention

January 16, 2015—Helmut Twilfer, President of Schönox in Germany, and Kemp Harr, discuss the development and benefits of Schönox self leveling compound which is made in Germany and has been introduced in the U.S. market by HPS Subfloors. Listen to the interview to hear more about the invention and its benefits.