Forty-eight years ago Frank O'Brien Sr. was driven by an idea. That idea was to create a competent labor force capable of installing commercial flooring. He began with a core group of installers, performing work for mostly large commercial flooring firms in the greater New Orleans area. The expertise and quality of work performed by the O'Brien installers, took them throughout the Gulf South, from the rural gymnasiums of Alabama and Mississippi to the hospitals and high rise office buildings of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. With a concentration in the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany, the O'Brien Flooring name became woven into the fabric of the southeastern Louisiana flooring industry. O'Brien's flooring installers, Carl Alford, Jr., Rudy Crawford, Frank O'Brien, Jr. and Michael O'Brien, were recognized for their talents and were the first installers in the State of Louisiana to acquire certification in heat welded Armstrong Medintech® installation. O'Brien flooring has been at the forefront with the cutting edge of technology in the flooring industry, leading the way with new product installation and application.
With the retirement of Frank O'Brien, Sr., sons Michael (President) and Frank Jr. (Vice President) acquired the business and added the material sales aspect to the already established and thriving labor force that had become O'Brien Flooring, Inc. The face of O'Brien Flooring has changed as the business has grown, yet has maintained the emphasis on quality and efficiency. Hard surfaces (ceramic, porcelain, and quarry) were added to the sales, as well as the labor aspect of the business, and an office/warehouse was purchased, located at 189 Commercial Square in Slidell.
That was 1999. Now Spring of 2014, O'Brien Flooring has grown four-fold and the many facets of the company have changed and evolved keeping pace with our ever rapidly changing industry. O'Brien Flooring employees are equipped with the latest technologies with regard to the modern flooring industry, both in the field as well as in the office. The foundation to every project, begins with a comprehensive computerized take off using the most current and modern estimating system available. This system is the pinnacle of estimation programs in the flooring industry. Being environmentally conscience, the O'Brien Flooring office receives 95% of all plans through electronic pathways (emails or discs), utilizing the PDF, DWG, and TIF formats. To further reduce the footprint left on the environment, the bid process, and invoicing utilizes email via the internet, consuming as few paper products as possible. The O'Brien Flooring installers are equipped with color-coded prints for each project. As a result, errors in communication for all jobs, regardless of size, are kept to a minimum. From launch to conclusion, the O'Brien Flooring concept is one of service, performance, and environmental responsibility.
Although we have outgrown the original building, the care and attention to detail that propelled the company to the place held today in the Southeastern Louisiana Flooring industry is still evident in the staff of O'Brien Flooring. Our new home is located at 589 Johnny F. Smith Industrial Park located just off US Hwy 11 North in Slidell, LA. With a combined 185 years of experience, the estimation and operational personnel are equipped to answer almost any question or suggest a resolution to most situations. With an attitude toward service, a penchant for quality, and a drive for the future, O'Brien Flooring has earned a reputation of being the best, and proudly ascribes to the motto;
“We Lay Anything”