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Something to crow about

image L-R: Dan Thornson; Seth Young; Rusty; Layman Tedford, owner; Silky; Terry Ross; and William Hunter.

AUSTIN - Tedford Distributors LLC got its start after Darrell Tedford came to Austin from Mississippi as a Singer sewing machine salesman. After leaving the sewing machine business, Tedford and a buddy got into the scratch and dent furniture and rug business in South Austin.





   It was not long before the two went from selling scratch and dent furniture and rugs to rolls of carpet and vinyl flooring and then installing.  After things took off with the flooring line, they closed their little scratch and dent business, Truck line and Freight.
    In 1970, they began selling and installing vinyl flooring and carpets.  The business did so well, that they had to relocate to their current location in North Austin at 9206 United Dr.  “When they bought this place, there was nothing around here but a driving range,” says Terry Ross.  “We’re infamous around here.  All the flooring stores know us.  If they can’t find something, they call us.”
    As the company continued to grow, and many years later, Layman Tedford, current owner, joined the business when his oldest brother, Darrell, was ready to retire. 
    “My guys take pride in being clean and honest,” says Tedford.  “We’re able to get your job finished in a timely manner and we’ll make sure you have a great experience with us.”
    Between customers, the guys at Tedford Distributors entertain themselves with Rusty, the company dog, and the chickens they raise out back.  Not just any chickens, they have a flock of Chinese chickens, which they are happy to carry around and entertain their customers with.
    Tedford Distributing carries and installs all types of flooring from hardwood to marble, from carpet to vinyl. -cmw

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