Flooring Podcast

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Jeff Macco Discusses Chinese Tariffs and Labor Issues

Jeff Macco Discusses Chinese Tariffs and Labor Issues

October 1, 2018—Jeff Macco, co-owner of Macco's Floorcovering, and Kemp Harr discuss business conditions with his 7-store flooring chain in Wisconsin and Florida and the short-term headwinds created by the new Chinese tariffs. Listen to the interview to hear more details on this, plus what Macco's is doing to address the installer labor issue.

Don Hudgens Discusses his 40-year Career at Karastan

Don Hudgens Discusses his 40-year Career at Karastan

September 27, 2018—Don Hudgins, a 40-year employee at Karastan's Eden, North Carolina plant, and Kemp Harr discuss Don's 40-year career at this woolen carpet and rug plant. Listen to the interview to learn that he is the third generation in his family to work at this facility.

Armondo Cafiero Discusses the 2018 Cersaie Expo in Bologna, Italy

Armondo Cafiero Discusses the 2018 Cersaie Expo in Bologna, Italy

September 25, 2018—Armondo Cafiero, Managing Director with the Italian Ceramics Trace Association, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of the Cersaie show—the largest ceramic tile show in the world—which is being held this week in Bologna, Italy. Listen to the interview to learn more about this year's event, the continuing leadership role the Italians play in this business, as well as how the Europeans have addressed imports of tile from China.

Delma Galloway and Lottie Purcell Discuss their 50-Year Careers at Karastan

Delma Galloway and Lottie Purcell Discuss their 50-Year Careers at Karastan

September 24, 2018—Delma Galloway and Lottie Purcell, two 50-year employees at the Karastan plant in Eden, North Carolina, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of their 50-year careers at the 90-year-old Karastan factory. Listen to the interview for more details. The Karastan factory in Eden was built by Marshall Fields and has been making woven wool rugs for nine decades.

Piet Dossche Discusses the Impact Chinese Tariffs Could Have on Coretec LVT Flooring

Piet Dossche Discusses the Impact Chinese Tariffs Could Have on Coretec LVT Flooring

September 20, 2018—Piet Dossche, founder of Coretec and EVP of Shaw Hard Surfaces, and Kemp Harr discuss this week’s news about a 10% tariff on flooring products imported from China, whether this decision is final and how the industry plans to react, especially if it moves to 25% in January 2019. Listen to the interview for more details.

Pierre Thabet Discusses Mirage's 35 Years of Success

Pierre Thabet Discusses Mirage's 35 Years of Success

September 14, 2018—Pierre Thabet, President of Boa Franc/Mirage, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of Mirage's 35-year history as the firm celebrates its 35th anniversary. Listen to the interview for more insight on the strategy that has made this Canadian hardwood flooring producer successful.

Federica Minozzi Discusses Stonepeak's New USA Guaged Panel Production

Federica Minozzi Discusses Stonepeak's New USA Guaged Panel Production

September 13, 2018—Federica Minozzi, CEO with the Iris Ceramica Group, and Kemp Harr discuss the Stonepeak and Fiandre tile business and the market potential for these new large format panels, not only for floors and walls, but also for countertops, furniture cladding and building facades. These two new Sacmi Continua lines are capable of producing 1,000 60"x120" panels a day.

Seth Arnold Discusses Mohawk's New Five Star In Store Program for Aligned Retailers

Seth Arnold Discusses Mohawk's New Five Star In Store Program for Aligned Retailers

September 12, 2018—Seth Arnold, VP of Marketing for Mohawk's Residential business, and Kemp Harr discuss the Mohawk's new Five Star in-store merchandising program for its aligned dealers. Listen to the interview to hear how the firm plans to use merchandising to link the consumer's online shopping experience with their in-store experience. This Five Star program is part of Mohawk's Floorscapes and Color Center offering.