BUILT ON PURE INITIATIVE L. Fishman & Son was born from the pure initiative of 19-year-old Albert Fishman, who started the family business selling fabric remnants to serve the Baltimore garment industry. A few years later, L. Fishman & Son begins distributing carpet sewing supplies for the American Thread Company - the largest manufacturer of industrial sewing threads in the U.S. It's a relationship that will last for more than 60 years.
OUR FLOORING DISTRIBUTION DEBUT Nelson Fishman joins the family business and wins over a major carpet installation supply manufacturer looking for a distributor in Baltimore. In 1960, L. Fishman & Son officially becomes a distributor for the Roberts Company.
FLOORING INSTALLATION SUPPLY Ray Colombo joins the firm in 1976 as General Manager, and becomes the President in 1985, formulating a plan to sell flooring installation supplies to the trade. The plan succeeds. Ray leads L. Fishman & Son to impressive growth and oversees the launch of our Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2003 - which enables our employees to become minority partners.
SALES MOMENTUM AND NAME CHANGE Bob Wagner brings decades of flooring industry experience to his position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 2003, his role and responsibilities expand to President. We changed our operating name to Fishman Flooring Solutions to further reflect our business mission.
EMPLOYEE STOCK OWNERSHIP AND PERFORMANCE To more effectively serve the unique needs of our customers, our company becomes 100% employee owned. Whether they're company veterans or just starting out with us, our employee owners have a vested interest in how much our company achieves and how well it performs.
WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND Our dedication to growing our customers' business has resulted in our own success and expansion: Over 240 full-time employee-owners with 37 locations serving 15 states.
100 Years of delighting our customers
We've been exceeding our customers' expectations since 1919. And, with a continued focus on bringing you the exact products and services you need, we plan to keep it that way. Our goal is to delight contractors, flooring installers, and the Architecture and Design community for at least another century.
Fishman Flooring Solutions is 100% employee-owned. That means, as owners, we do more than offer an extensive product portfolio, materials, and tools at an affordable price. We also take pride in using our in-depth industry knowledge and dedication to help our customers meet their unique flooring challenges.
We base the bonds we form with our customers on trust that we'll provide you with the solutions to accomplish any flooring job, anywhere, any time. We've been delighting our customers with every product, service, and solution for the past 100 years. Here's to the next 100.
We have an exciting and rewarding year ahead.
From vendor promotions to Centennial celebrations, we have a full calendar when it comes to engaging with and rewarding our customers. Learn about news and activities we're planning below.
- Check out this video highlighting the many photos that were taken, that best captures the Centennial Branch Celebration and the energy of the day.
- Read the recent article in Floor Covering Installer magazine featuring Fishman Flooring Solutions, CEO, Bob Wagner speaking to lessons learned over 100 years in business.