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.


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.


Joe Bondi Discusses Armstrong's Launch of Vivero LVT at Surfaces

January 20, 2016—Joe Bondi, VP and General Manager of Armstrong's residential flooring business, and Kemp Harr discuss Armstrong's newest LVT production line and the Vivero product produced on this line in Lancaster, PA. Listen to the interview to hear more about Armstrong's progress as they move to separate the flooring business from the ceiling business and more about the durability story of this new made in the U.S. LVT which is being launched at Surfaces.


Mattex Discusses the Strategy Behind Their New Carpet Backing Plant in Eton, Georgia

January 19, 2016 — Luc Blommaert and Olivier Decouttere, CEO and COO respectively of Mattex Internaional, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind Mattex' investment in a recently completed $70 million carpet backing plant just outside of Dalton, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear both of these gentlemen talk about where carpet is in growth curve and why it makes sense to build a new plant to service the U.S. carpet producers


Piet Dossche Discusses Enhancements to the CoreTec Patent and New Licensing Partnerships

January 18, 2015 —  Piet Dossche, owner of US Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss US Floors' expanded patent protection for Coretec and the firm's decision to use Unilin and Valinge as a licensing agent for this expanded intellectual property. Listen to the interview for more on this as well as Coretec's debut in Europe at this year's Domotex Germany trade expo.


Eric Demaree Discusses Carpet One's New Solutions that Address Challenges in Retail Sector

January 11, 2016—Eric Demaree, President of Carpet One Floor & Home, and Kemp Harr discuss the challenges that floorcovering retailers are facing today and solutions that Carpet One is developing to address them. Listen to the interview to hear more about competition, shift in mix, shift in buying habits and diversity of supply.


Trey Thames Discusses Shaw Industries' Regional Shows and Core Product Introductions

January 8, 2016—Trey Thames, VP Residential Marketing with Shaw, and Kemp Harr discuss a few of Shaw Industries' core introductions for 2016 and the success they are seeing at their regional shows which kicked off this week. Listen to the interview for more details on Shaw's residential focus for the coming year.

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