Flooring Industry Opportunities Thriving In Texas

INSTALL Expansion Efforts in Central South Region Coming to Fruition

Last fall, INSTALL unveiled ambitious expansion plans for bringing the program to Texas. Recognizing this state as a key market for growth due to its booming construction industry and the pool of available work force, INSTALL’s roll out began with the addition of INSTALL training at the North Texas Training Center in Arlington, TX. Since then, efforts have grown to include both Texas and Oklahoma.

INSTALL, a quality training and certification alliance of major flooring manufacturers, contractors and professionals installers, is dedicated to elevating the level of quality installations across in the floorcovering industry. One major focus is to recruit and develop new members of the skilled labor force that are trained to the highest standards of quality in the floorcovering industry. INSTALL partners with local contractors to develop and host rigorous training courses designed in collaboration with major mills and manufacturers. By offering quality training in Texas, INSTALL has begun to build a skilled labor force that can be available to support work with contractors both in and out of the area.

This strategy for expansion in the Central South market is already working. Image Flooring and Flooring Systems, Inc., commercial flooring contractors located in Lenexa, KS and Springfield, MO respectively, have committed to expansion in Texas through the INSTALL program. In this partnership, these companies can actively bid on work in Texas and send crews of supervisors and journeymen once work is awarded. INSTALL provides support to these incoming companies in the form of a pool of local laborers that have been INSTALL trained and can work alongside the incoming crews.

“Now that Image Flooring has committed to serving Texas, our team is working diligently alongside INSTALL to build a labor pool of trained installers that we can put to work immediately,” said Jim Wilkinson, Image Flooring vice president. “INSTALL has been a great partner in advancing our growth strategy in Texas and we’re looking forward to continued reach into new territories.”

To support this initiative, INSTALL Central South will host its inaugural training event the week of March 14 at the North Texas Training Center, 1901 Susan Drive, Arlington, TX. On Thursday, March 17, starting at 10:30am CST, INSTALL will host an open house event open to contractors, architects, designers and the floorcovering industry at-large to see installation demonstrations and learn more about partnering with INSTALL. To learn more about this event or to RSVP, please contact Kavin Griffin at kgriffin@cscouncil.net.