Fred Acton, owner of Acton Flooring, got his start in the industry working as an apprentice right out of high school. He strongly believes that for someone willing to learn and work, the opportunities to thrive in the flooring industry are endless.
Q: How did you get started in the flooring industry?
There was a local flooring contractor in the community where I live and when I got out of high school in 1963, I was looking for work. At the age of 19, I got a job working as an apprentice after a couple of months I decided this was something I could be good at so I stayed with it.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the flooring industry?
There are were many things that appealed to me about the flooring industry, but I think what I enjoy the most is that after working all day, you can look back and see your accomplishments.
Q: How’s business? What opportunities and challenges are you seeing?
Business has been very good the last couple of years. We survived 2008. The opportunities are endless for someone willing to work. But please remember that flooring installation is an apprentice-able trade and to be good you have to serve an apprenticeship. Today, Acton Flooring is a family owned business. I have a son, two daughters, and two grandsons in the business and the future could not be brighter for us.
On the other hand, one of the biggest challenges I’m seeing for us in the field is the occasional language barrier.
Q: How do you see the state of the industry right now?
As for the state of the industry, with the manufactures in sales along with installation, the larger jobs go to entities. People buy from people, so we do the very best we can on every job and 95% of our business is with repeat customers.
Q: How did you become involved with FCICA and what benefits does the group offer?
My involvement in FCICA is a very long story. Acton Flooring was incorporated in 1966 by my wife and I. We started out as a labor-only work room at first. Then we became a full-service dealer in 1992. I am a very good flooring mechanic but had to learn the business side of the industry. I would attend every seminar that was available as to industry standards and the dos and don’ts. I was approached by a group of highly respected flooring contractors from all over the country to help form a flooring association for the betterment of the industry and with the help from CRI and Ron Van Geldren FCICA was formed. I am a charter member of FCICA. I was chairman from 1989 to 1991. From the start, FCICA has been the leader in training and industry relations.
For anyone hungry to learn about the industry and grow their knowledge, FCICA is the organization to belong to because its resources are unlimited. My question to all is this: How does anyone put a price tag on knowledge?