Flooring Interviews

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.

Thomas Baert Discusses his new FirmFit Brand and the Multilayered Flooring Pyramid

Thomas Baert Discusses his new FirmFit Brand and the Multilayered Flooring Pyramid

January 15, 2018—Thomas Baert, President of CFL, and Kemp Harr discuss the firm's launch of the new FirmFit brand and his company's good, better, best pyramid strategy for multilayered flooring.  In summary, the top layers change based on the performance attributes the consumer is looking for. Listen to the interview, recorded at Domotex in Germany, for more information. FirmFit will have an exhibit at Surfaces in Las Vegas.

Harlan Stone Discusses the Metroflor Message at Domotex

Harlan Stone Discusses the Metroflor Message at Domotex

January 12, 2017—Harlan Stone, CEO of the Metroflor Group, and Kemp Harr discuss the Metroflor and Aspecta brand message at Domotex in Germany as well as the continued evolution of multilayered flooring. Listen to the interview to hear more about the latest developments in the fastest growing flooring category.

Ray Bianchi Discusses the Launch of Domotex USA in Atlanta, Georgia

Ray Bianchi Discusses the Launch of Domotex USA in Atlanta, Georgia

January 8, 2018—Ray Bianchi, VP of events and business development with Hannover Fairs, and Kemp Harr discuss the decision to launch a new national, residential, floorcovering trade show in Atlanta Georgia in late February 2019 called Domotex USA. Listen to the interview to hear Ray talk about the fit for this new show which will focus on carpet, rugs, resilient, LVT, hardwood and laminate flooring. Domotex already hosts two of the largest international flooring trade shows in Germany and Shanghai every hear. 

Karen Mendelsohn Discusses Mohawk's Residential Product and Support Program for Retailers in 2018

Karen Mendelsohn Discusses Mohawk's Residential Product and Support Program for Retailers in 2018

January 4, 2018—Karen Mendelsohn, SVP of Marketing with Mohawk, and Kemp Harr discuss Mohawk's key product and service initiatives for retailers in 2018. Recorded at the first regional market in Atlanta, Karen takes us through the firm's four hero product initiatives—one of which includes the launch of RevWood and RevWood plus. Listen to the interview to hear Karen explain Mohawk's repositioning of laminate flooring as hardwood flooring.

Carrie Edwards and Katie Ford Discuss the Launch of Shaw's Anderson-Tuftex Brand

Carrie Edwards and Katie Ford Discuss the Launch of Shaw's Anderson-Tuftex Brand

January 2, 2018—Carrie Edwards Isaac and Katie Ford, VP of Anderson-Tuftex and Director of Brand Strategy (respectively) with Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind the Anderson-Tuftex brand which kicks off this week. Listen to the interview to hear more details about their target consumer and the research that went into this launch.

John Godwin Discusses the Highlights of his Career at Shaw Industries

John Godwin Discusses the Highlights of his Career at Shaw Industries

December 20, 2017—John Godwin, Executive VP over residential sales at Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of John's career as he prepares to retire at the end of this week. Listen to the interview to hear more about John, his 39-year Shaw career and his plans for the future.

Michael Callaghan Discusses His Role as the New President of CTS Flooring

Michael Callaghan Discusses His Role as the New President of CTS Flooring

December 19, 2017—Michael Callaghan, president of CTS Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss Michael's new role with CTS, what the company is focused on for growth and his outlook for business in 2018. Michael has a long history with Milliken. CTS is a commercial flooring maintenance and installation company owned by RD Weis.

Jay Gould Discusses Interface's $55 Million Plant Expansion in Troup County

Jay Gould Discusses Interface's $55 Million Plant Expansion in Troup County

December 18, 2017—Jay Gould, CEO with Interface, and Kemp Harr discuss the Interface's 2-year, $55 million, Kyle 2 plant expansion in LaGrange, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear more details on the efficiency payback on this investment. Jay also discusses the firm's business performance and outlook for 2018.

Seth Arnold Discusses Mohawk's Consumer Message for Airo

Seth Arnold Discusses Mohawk's Consumer Message for Airo

December 12, 2017—Seth Arnold, VP of residential marketing for Mohawk, and Kemp Harr discuss the 2018 consumer message for Mohawk's Airo product which was introduced a year ago. Listen to the interview to hear more details about research that Mohawk has conducted regarding how the consumer reacts when they are told the product is hypoallergenic.