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.

Cathy Buchanan Discusses Carpet One and the Success of Her Retail Business in Michigan

August 12, 2014—Cathy Buchanan, a Carpet One retailer in Westland, Michigan, and Kemp Harr discuss a few highlights from last week's Carpet One Floor and Home summer convention and how her store is performing this year. Listen to the interview to hear Cathy talk about product shift and year over year sales comparisons.

Eric Demaree Discusses Carpet One's Summer Convention

August 7, 2014—Eric Demaree, President of Carpet One Floor and Home, and Kemp Harr, discuss market conditions across the country and how they are affecting the co-op members' sales levels. Listen to the interview to hear more about the challenges that retailers are facing as they compete with the price-focused discount chains.

Keith Spano and Frank Chiera Discuss Flooring America's Summer Convention

August 6, 2014—Keith Spano and Frank Chiera, President and Vice President of Marketing, respectively, with Flooring America/Flooring Canada, and Kemp Harr, discuss this week's meeting of the retailer group in Dallas, branded conneXtion. Listen to the interview to find out more information about these semi-annual meetings, and new programs, products, and technology tools the company has rolled out to help its members drive sales.

Bonnie Cauthorn Discusses J+J Flooring Group's Senior Living Symposium

August 5, 2014—Bonnie Cauthorn, Owner of Design Source, and Kemp Harr, discuss J+J Flooring Group's senior living design symposium that was held recently in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Listen to the interview to hear more about Design Source (an interior design firm in Richmond, Virginia) and about the key benefits of attending this conference.

Randy Fiser Discusses ASID's Outlook Report

August 4, 2014—Randy Fiser, CEO with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and Kemp Harr, discuss where the ASID fits within the design community and the state of the industry Outlook Report. Listen to the interview to hear Randy talk about the 19% growth that is forecast between now and 2020.

Armstrong Discusses Decision to Move Hardwood Production Back to USA

August 1, 2014—Armstrong's Joseph Bondi, VP of Residential; Milton Goodwin, VP of Hardwood Products; Mara Villanueva-Heras, VP of Residential Marketing; and Kemp Harr, discuss Armstrong's decision to move its engineered hardwood manufacturing from Kunshan, China to Somerset Kentucky. Listen to the interview to get an update on the hardwood business and to hear more about the factors that led to this onshoring decision.

Franco Rossi Discusses Aquafil USA's Expansion in Cartersville, Georgia

July 31, 2014—Franco Rossi, President of Aquafil USA, and Kemp Harr, discuss Aquafil's $25 million expansion in Cartersville, Georgia which is almost completed. Listen to the interview to hear how Aquafil has been able to expand in a relatively flat carpet market.

Scott Sandlin Discusses Shaw's Domestic Hardwood Expansion

July 29, 2014—Scott Sandlin, VP of Hard Surfaces for Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss Shaw's expansion of its Epic hardwood plant in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the strategy behind that expansion plus an update on market dynamics.

David Crowe with NAHB Discusses Remodeler Index and Home Building Outlook for 2014

July 28, 2014—David Crowe, Chief Economist with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Kemp Harr discuss the strong remodeler index that was released last week and the outlook for home buiding for the remainder of the year. Listen to the interview to hear David provide more information on this and also give his thoughts on why new home sales were weak in June.

Jenny Cross Discusses Mohawk's 2013 Sustainability Report

July 23, 2014—Jenny Cross, VP of corporate Sustainability with Mohawk, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk's 2013 Sustainability Report released earlier this week. Listen to the interview to hear more details about Mohawk's growth to $7.7 billion in revenue, their mix of hard to soft surfaces and a few highlights from this year's report.