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.


Bruce Zwicker Discusses the Supplier Reliability Award that Haines Presented Mirage

February 5, 2016—Bruce Zwicker, CEO at JJ Haines, and Kemp Harr discuss JJ Haines' first annual supplier reliability award which, this year, was awarded to Mirage. Listen to the interview to hear why Mirage was worthy of this award and Bruce's comments about the ever-increasing complexity of the floorcovering business.


John Wu Discusses Outlook for LVT, New WPC License and New Products for Mainstreet Commercial

February 4, 2016—John Wu, President and CEO with Novalis, and Kemp Harr discuss John's expectations for growth for LVT in 2016 as one of the largest producers in the business. Listen to the interview to hear John talk about two new products focused on the mainstreet commercial sector and the firm's new license arrangement with Unilin for a WPC product called NovaCore.


Mark Clayton Discusses Phenix's Growth with New Hard Surface Products, PET and Nylon Carpet

February 3, 2016—Mark Clayton, President of Phenix, and Kemp Harr discuss the firm's growth in the carpet business due to its continued upscale styling and the addition of coordinated hard surface products which include LVT, WPC and laminate. Watch the video to see these products on display at the Surfaces Expo in Las Vegas.


Roger Farabee Discusses Quick-Step's New Products in Laminate, Engineered Wood and now LVT

February 2, 2016—Roger Farabee, SVP with Quick-Step/Unilin, and Kemp Harr discuss Quick-Step's new products in the laminate, engineered wood and LVT categories. New for laminate is Elevae in the 12mm category. New in engineered wood is Elongé with a European oiled finish look and all the products the brand is launching in LVT are new. Listen to the interview to hear Roger talk about how to position each category at retail.


Piet Dossche Discusses Enhancements to CoreTec Products for 2016

February 1, 2016—Piet Dossche, CEO of US Floors, and Kemp Harr talk about two new CoreTec Collections called HD and Design that were being launched at Surfaces 2016. Watch the interview to see these two new WPC collections as well as US Floors' display from Surfaces.


Jonathan Train Discusses Earthwerks' New LVT Programs at Surfaces 2016

January 29, 2016—Recorded at Surfaces 2016: Jonathan Train, President and CEO of Earthwerks, and Kemp Harr discuss the firm's 30-year heritage in the LVT business and its broad product offering. Listen to the interview to hear more about Earthwerks and their new cocktail collection.


Greg Mather Discusses Crossville’s Product Focus at Surfaces

January 28, 2016—Recorded at Surfaces 2016: Greg Mather, President of Crossville, and Kemp Harr discuss Crossville's product introductions with Oceanaire and Laminam as well as the firm's strategy and outlook for 2016. Listen to the interview for a hint at how Crossville might change under his new leadership.


Schönox Discusses Global Growth of Self Leveling Compound and Introduction of DSP in U.S.

January 27, 2016—Recorded at Surfaces 2016: Werener Schwerdt, Sales and Marketing Director for Schönox Worldwide; Karen Bellinger, VP of Business Development for Schönox USA; and Kemp Harr discuss the global marketshare growth of Schönox's self leveling system and Schönox's new DSP concrete topping product that Schönox is introducing to the U.S. this year. Listen to the interview to hear more about Schönox and their growth strategy for floor preparation products.


James Lesslie Discusses Engineered Floors/Dream Weavers' VariColor Product and Continued Expansion

January 26, 2016—Recorded in the Engineered Floors/Dream Weaver's space at Surfaces 2016, James Lesslie, assistant to the chairman at Engineered Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss this years' Surfaces show, Engineered Floors' recently announced merger with J+J, and the new VariColor patent pending technology of solution dyed fibers. Listen to the interview to hear more about this new technology, the company's foray into the nylon market and its continued story of growth in North America.


Mannington Mills Discusses New Product Introductions For 2016 at Surfaces

January 22, 2016 (Recorded at Surfaces)—Mannington Mills' Ed Duncan, President, and Joe Amato, VP Product Design, discuss Mannington's centennial celebration and the new products that Mannington introduced at Surfaces 2016.

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