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DALLAS/FT WORTH - When Jeff Bennett and Dale Walton teamed up to start Business Flooring Specialists in 2003, success was instant.






    “When we started out, we were profitable from Day One,” Bennett, who serves as the company’s president, says. “We had a long history of customer relationships that followed us both when we started this business. The first month, we did over a half-million dollars worth of business.”
    A 33-year commercial flooring indus-try veteran, Bennett says he sought out Walton, now BFS’ executive vice pres-ident, for the partnership. Together, they created a company approaching $50 million in revenue. Profits aren’t the only growth: BFS staffs 60 employees and nearly 300 installers in its Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth offices.
    The partners are growing their network and community impact as well. Both are active in Fuse Commercial Flooring Alliance, a member-owned organization of affiliated flooring dealers throughout the country. They also support SafeHaven of Tarrant County, for which they make monetary and flooring donations, and MentorCare.
    With BFS in its 16th year of business, Bennett and Walton are looking forward to even more success.
    “There’s a possibility we’ll open new locations in Texas, such as Austin, and Oklahoma City; we would just have to find the right person to manage them,” Bennett says. “We’ve grown organically, and our plan is to continue grow organically. The most important thing is to continue servicing customers as we did when we started. As long as we’re able to do that, we will grow.
    “We have maintenance divisions which started out as carpet cleaning con-tracts, maintenance contracts and hard surface,” he adds. “We’ve moved into the polished concrete arena and the sealing of concrete. We’ve been doing that for about six years and that’s a growing part of our business. There is a real desire for that in the marketplace, so we invested heavily in equipment and personnel for our Houston and Fort Worth offices, and it’s been a really good move for us.”
     Subcontractor Business Flooring Specialists has Dallas and Houston offices and is headquartered in Fort Worth. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net