T&L Distributing was founded by the late Bob Thomas and Bernie Ledbetter in Houston, TX in 1972. Careful planning, and conservative business principals by Bob Thomas has made T&L Distributing one of the largest flooring distributors in the nation.
The company operates its corporate headquarters from a new 138,000 square feet facility and has nine regional warehouse locations serving Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee and Arkansas.
In addition, the company ships regularly to numerous cities nationwide to satisfy specific customer needs in our customer’s geographic trade areas. In 2015, T&L Distributing was ranked the 17th largest flooring distributor in annual revenue in the United States by a major trade association.
T&L Distributing currently employs over 125 individuals company-wide, including 28 residential sales reps, six commercial sales reps, two architectural/design specification reps and three regional sales managers.
For over forty years, T&L Distributing has distributed quality flooring products and continues to be known for outstanding customer service, business integrity and focusing on providing hard surface flooring solutions. T&L Distributing’s core values flourished under the guidance of Bob Thomas and eventually his son, Jeff Thomas as President. The passing of Bob Thomas in September of 2014 led ultimately to the sale of T&L Distributing by the Thomas heirs to Tom Karol. Tom was the former owner of LD Brinkman at the time Brinkman was sold to Beaulieu America in 1999.
On December 29, 2015, the company was purchased by Tom Karol, a veteran in the flooring industry, after the passing of Bob Thomas. Tom Karol has been CEO of several companies since his exit from Flooring Distribution, and is currently the CEO of Cornerstone Automation Systems, LLC (CASI) in Frisco, Texas. Bob Eady, former Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for eighteen years under Bob Thomas, was named President of T&L Distributing LLC.
This has helped maintain the company culture of the previous ownership, while implementing new aggressive growth initiatives to move the company forward under the new ownership.
The management team includes:
- Tom Karol Chairman of the Board
- Bob Eady President
- Cain Scott Southern Regional Sales Manager
- Duane McAdoo Controller
- Letty Chavez Customer Service Manager
- Ricky Carr Northern Regional Sales Manager
- Jill Mueller Vice President of Marketing
- Brent Harris Vice President of Commercial
- Nick Myers Eastern Regional Sales Manager
- Al Wilson Vice President of Operations
- Debby Howton Director of Operations
- Justin Keezer IT Administration
T&L Distributing’s current premier family of products includes:
IVC Sheet Vinyl, IVC LVT, Heritage Hardwood, Hemisphere Hardwoods, Raskin Gorilla Floors LVT, Centaur Rubber Products, DriTac Adhesives, Taylor Adhesives, Spray-Lock Adhesives, Tarkett Residential products, Tarkett Commercial Flooring products, Ardex Underlayment’s and Setting Materials, Henry Adhesive’s, Global GEM, MD Pro, Gundlach Tools, Crain Tools, QEP Tools.
The company also has created Hill Country Innovations, a private labeled line of wood and LVT flooring lines that are manufactured in the United States, China, South Korea and Brazil specifically for the company.
T&L has outlived many industry competitors because we have always maintained a corporate emphasis on conservative growth, customer service, operational excellence while making continuous effort to build long term relationships with our customers and manufacturers.