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Getting floored

image Phillip Chambers, president of Spectra Contract Flooring’s Dallas office.

DALLAS/FT WORTH - When it comes to floor products, Phillip Chambers knows from whence he speaks.







    As president of Spectra Contract Flooring’s Dallas office, Chambers has been in the floor business since right out of college, where he was recruited by Shaw Industries at a job fair/career day.
    The business and marketing major has done it all, from the financial side, to sales, to working for a contractor.
    Wanting to move back to the South from Virginia, the opportunity to work for Spectra came up, and to the South Chambers came. Now, Chambers heads up a team of 35 employees for Spectra, who only handles commercial flooring jobs. He’s been at Spectra for four years now.
    Projects include: Parkland Hospital; the Cowboys’ AT & T stadium (the suites, not the field); the same for Baylor University’s football stadium; and multiple high-rise, high-end apartments and condominiums (a big market these days in the Metroplex).
    In terms of products, the LVT (luxury vinyl tile) flooring is popular now. Chambers says that they have “great visuals [which] make it look like a real wood product at a fraction of the cost.”
    Spectra also does a good amount of decorative, polished concrete.
    The flooring company contracts out its installation work, but has field managers who go onsite to oversee the work.
    Spectra gets its products from all over the world: Mexico, Spain, Italy, even exotic Tennessee.
    Business is booming in DFW. Areas like Frisco and Plano show no sign of slowing down. Case in point: Toyota moved its North American headquarters from California to Plano. “Cranes are littering the skyline,” Chambers said. As such, he has no plans on moving or changing jobs. He loves what he does. As long as companies build buildings with floors, Chambers is ready to make them just right.
    Spectra Contract Flooring is a nationwide commercial flooring specialist with a Dallas branch. -dsz

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