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.

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.

Shannon Vogel Discusses How Social Media like Houzz can be Used to Build Retailer Traffic

January 6, 2016—Shannon Vogel, Social Media Director with Creating Your Space, and Kemp Harr discuss which social media programs are best for floorcovering retailers. Listen to the interview to hear more about Shannon's recommendation and in particular how effective Houzz is as a social media option.

Bob Peoples Discusses CARE's Progress Toward Diverting Carpet from Landfills

January 5, 2015—Bob Peoples, Executive Director with CARE, and Kemp Harr discuss CARE's accomplishments toward its goal of reducing the amount of post-consumer carpet that ends up in America's landfills. Listen to the interview to hear Bob talk about the highlights of their most recent report card.

Keith Campbell Discusses Mannington Mills' Centennial Celebration

December 28, 2015--Keith Campbell, Chairman of Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr discuss Mannington's Centennial Celebration which starts tonight and runs throughout the coming year. Listen to the interview to hear Keith's perspective on this milestone achievement and what Mannington is doing to achieve success over the next 100 years.

Amie Gilmore Discusses Highlights and Changes to the January Surfaces Expo in Las Vegas

December 23, 2015 — Amie Gilmore, Show Director of The International Surface Event, and Kemp Harr, discuss the upcoming show at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear about some of the layout and schedule changes to this year's show that runs from January 19th to 22nd.

Bob Shaw Discusses Engineered Floors Decision to Acquire J+J Industries

December 22, 2015—Bob Shaw, CEO with Engineered Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind Engineered Floor's decision to acquire J+J Industries. Listen to the interview to hear more about the synergies and also hear Bob's growth outlook for 2016.

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