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 seven regional warehouse locations serving Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico 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 employees one hundred fifty-three individuals company wide. T&L Distributing has thirty-five residential sales reps, three commercial sales reps, four architectural/design specification reps and six 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.
Tom Karol has been CEO of several companies since his exit from flooring distribution and currently owns CASI, LLP in Dallas Texas. Tom’s buyout of T&L Distributing closed on December 29, 2015. Bob Eady, former Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for eighteen years under Bob Thomas, was named President of T&L Distributing LLC and Robert Smith was retained as Controller by Tom Karol.
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
- Davy Crockett Southern Regional Sales Manager
- Robert Smith Controller
- Ricky Carr Northern Regional Sales Manager
- Brian Peyton Director of Commercial Business
- Scott Carson Director of Products and Marketing
- Chad Stutzman Eastern Regional Sales Manager
- Al Wilson Vice President of Distribution and Logistics
- Debby Howton Director of Operations
T&L Distributing’s current premier family of products includes:
American Biltrite/Estrie, IVC Sheet Vinyl, IVC LVT, Balterio Laminate, Heritage Hardwood, Hemisphere Hardwoods, Raskin Gorilla Floors LVT, Centaur Rubber Products, Triangulo Exotic Hardwood, Bamboo Wood Floors, DriTac, Taylor Adhesives, Tarkett Residential and Commercial products, Johnsonite Rubber products, and Azrock VCT.
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.