Fishman Flooring Solutions will celebrate 100 years of business in the distribution industry in 2019.
“Over the next 12 months, we have two important centennial-related goals,” said Bob Wagner, president and CEO of Fishman Flooring Solutions. “First, we want to celebrate the past and current members of the Fishman team, as well as our customers, vendor partners and others who have contributed mightily to the success of the firm over the past 10 decades. Second, we want to identify the most important lessons that have evolved over the course of a century and make certain we continue to apply them to ensure the firm’s success well into the future.”
The company, then known as L. Fishman & Son, first opened its doors in Baltimore in 1919 selling thread and sewing supplies to workrooms. Four years later, the fledgling company became a distributor for the American Thread Company. In 1960, the company began selling carpet installation supplies for the Roberts Company. Its work for Roberts became the foundation for Fishman’s current flooring business. The firm’s name was changed in 2012 to Fishman Flooring Solutions to better reflect the value the company brings to the marketplace. The following year, the company became 100 percent employee owned.
Fishman has invested significant time over the past six months planning its centennial celebration, according to Wagner. Events to celebrate employees, customers, vendors and others have been scheduled throughout the year.