The history of Andy's Dalton Ga Flooring is the embodiment of the American Dream. A local families rise from employees to small business owners. A story of hard work and foresight to survive in an environment that is increasingly hostile to locally owned businesses. Born and raised in the tri-state area, the Butcher family is proof the American Dream is still alive and attainable for everyday people.
Andy Butcher was born into an entrepreneurial family. His parents encouraged him to find work he was passionate about. Andy started in the flooring industry as an installer's helper at the age of 12. In a recent interview, Andy shared “I was riding to job sites with the job supervisor before the expressways were built. I loved seeing a customer's home transformed.” Andy grew up working in the former Tim Hogan's Dalton Georgia Carpet. A behemoth Midwest flooring dealer of the time, Andy served as a warehouse service coordinator, truck driver, and a measure person. Andy stated, “I saved money by crisscrossing the city in my old motorcycle measuring up to a dozen jobs today. I enjoyed the social interactions with the customers and being invited into their homes.” Andy's strong operational background made for a natural progression to the sales floor where he flourished at several tri-state flooring dealers. In 2009, Andy's hard work met opportunity and it changed his family's life forever.
In 2009, Andy served as the sales manager for the Union Township location of the former Dalton Georgia Flooring Outlet. After years of loyal service, Andy was shocked to learn the business was closing due to the housing recession. Andy and his wife Sam had a young family to care for. Faced with the unenviable task of finding new work during a global recession, the Butcher's decided to buy the Union Township location. Sam, after 28 years in the food service business, joined her husband and the two of them dove headfirst into ownership. Sam recollects, “We started as a family run business. I handled the finances; Uncle Jim ran the warehouse and Andy ran the measures. We had to figure out how to turn the business around in a down market.”