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Gilford, Johnson Wholesale merge to become Gilford-Johnson

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.31.07 AMJeffersonville, Ind.—Gilford Flooring and Johnson Wholesale Floors have merged, resulting in the creation of Gilford-Johnson Flooring.

Gilford Flooring and Johnson Wholesale Floors are leading regional business to business residential, commercial and architectural flooring wholesale distributors.

Blue Equity, the majority shareholder of Gilford, identified the potential synergies and led the transaction to merge the two companies.

“We are excited to bring these two historically successful companies together with their shared business philosophies and core values,” said said Jonathan Blue, chairman and managing director, Blue Equity.

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Gilford ‘celebrates champions’

Volume 27/Number 23; March 17/24, 2014

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.53.06 AMCincinnati—With a theme that focused on a salute to champions, Gilford Flooring hosted 25 suppliers and key retailers, including the majority of its 150-member Gilford Advantage Program (GAP) dealers, for its annual sales event and GAP awards banquet here March 6-7.

Dennis Cook, president of the Midwestern distributor—which covers Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and, most recently, Tennessee—said he came up with the idea for this year’s sports-related theme, “Celebrate Champions…You Are #1,” after hearing Queen’s classic rock hit, “We Are The Champions” on his car radio. Continue reading Gilford ‘celebrates champions’

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Gilford Flooring's SVP receives 25-year service award

Gilford Flooring’s senior vice president, Dick Wallingford, was awarded a 25-year service award on Friday, June 7. Wallingford joined Gilford president, Dennis C. Cook, in May of 1988 and together they have worked side by side to build the business.

“25 years later, it is my pleasure to award Dick Wallingford with this well deserved award. We have been through many challenges,” Cook said. “Today, Gilford Flooring serves over 1,000 customers throughout the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Logistics and customer service are paramount when serving this geography and Dick has done a great job overseeing this important part of our business.”

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Gilford Flooring donates to Wounded Warrior Project

The Color Guard during Gilford’s Pride In America event.
The Color Guard during Gilford’s Pride in America event.

Gilford Flooring recently held  its annual  Gilford Advantage Partners (GAP) award banquet and sale “Pride in America, A Salute to Our Military” from March 7 to 8, 2013. Over 300 people attended and as a result of the success of “Pride In America,” Gilford donated $2,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Continue reading Gilford Flooring donates to Wounded Warrior Project

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Gilford emphasizes American pride at dealer event

By Matthew Spieler

Volume 26/Number 22; March 18/25, 2013

Lawrenceburg, Ind.—With a message of American pride, Gilford Flooring hosted roughly two dozen suppliers and key retailers, including most of its 150-member Gilford Advantage Program (GAP) dealers, for its annual Preparing for Spring event here March 7 to 8.

Dennis Cook, president of the Midwestern distributor, said this year’s theme, “Pride in America,” was not about touting domestic products. Rather, it focused on the concept of honoring the men and women—along with their families—who sacrifice their lives to keep the country free and allow entrepreneurs, such as the many in the flooring industry, the opportunity to make their dreams come true. “It’s about what makes this country great and something we believe needed to be said.” Continue reading Gilford emphasizes American pride at dealer event

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Gilford Flooring cited as Inhaus Distributor of the Year

Rob Purkins, Gilford’s vice president of residential sales, shows off Inhaus’ Distributor of the Year award, which was presented to the wholesaler during Surfaces.

Volume 26/Number 20; February 18/25, 2013

Las Vegas—Jefferson, Ind.-based Gilford Flooring was presented with Inhaus’ 2012 Distributor of the Year award during Surfaces 2013. Gilford, which services Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio, increased sales of Inhaus products by 87% over 2011.

“We are pleased with our distribution partners,” said Daniel Lang, vice president of sales and marketing, Inhaus. “Our family of distributors is continuing to grow, as is their success with our product lines. As a whole, sales were up over 50% from 2011, and we are striving for continued growth in 2013.” Continue reading Gilford Flooring cited as Inhaus Distributor of the Year

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Distributors tighten credit standards; stay committed to supporting retailers

By K.J. Quinn

The job of a flooring wholesaler has never been easy, and today is vastly more complex than it was several years ago. While distributors have essentially morphed from selling agents to service companies, one critical core function which remains constant is serving as a source of credit for customers to help finance their businesses.

“Well-capitalized wholesalers provide an often overlooked or underappreciated service to the channel,” said Scott Rozmus, president, FlorStar Sales, Romeoville, Ill., and a member of the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors’ (NAFCD) board of directors. “They help the engine go.” Continue reading Distributors tighten credit standards; stay committed to supporting retailers

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First and foremost, it’s all about logistics

By Matthew Spieler

A distributor may carry the best possible products available; a distributor may have the very best employees; a distributor may offer the best tools and resources—from expert training to terms even the local bank cannot match—but none of it matters if the distributor cannot deliver those products and services in a timely, consistent manner. Continue reading First and foremost, it’s all about logistics