Stoehr Flooring, a division of Robbins, Inc. and US manufacturer of premium solid hardwood flooring, has hired Dave Fulton as President to oversee all manufacturing, sales and service functions.
James (Jay) Stoehr III, the fourth generation of his family to lead Robbins, had been serving as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. He will retain his other leadership roles, and Fulton will report to him.
Fulton had served as Manufacturing Leader for Cincinnati-based Shepherd Color Company, a multi-generation family-owned color pigment business, since 2014. He previously was President of Dayton, Ohio-based Hohman Plating & Manufacturing from 2008 to 2014.
Fulton received two degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a Bachelor’s of Science in chemical engineering and an MBA in finance. He is a resident of Lawrenceburg, Ind.
“Dave is a transformational business leader with a wealth of experience growing and leading family-owned manufacturing businesses,” Stoehr said. “He understands the manufacturing process as well as its role in driving business growth. I’m counting on him to bring his formidable skills to bear to focus on strategic planning, operational excellence, organizational development and financial results.”
Robbins is based in Cincinnati’s East End neighborhood with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin. The privately held company’s main business unit is Robbins Sports Surfaces, the premier supplier of high-performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to professional and college athletic programs as well as fitness, religious and performing arts.
Athletes in more than 65 nations on six continents compete and practice on the company’s sports surfaces. More NBA teams use Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors — including the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who have played home games on a Robbins floor since 1974.
Stoehr credits a 20-year relationship with the Goering Center for Family & Private Business, based at the University of Cincinnati, with helping him plan for succession in a family business and prioritize business success ahead of personal interests or ambitions. Working with Robbins’ Board of Advisors, Stoehr developed a succession plan that led to the decision to hire a President to assume day-to-day operational responsibility.
“We’ve made this exciting change because Robbins is built on strong values that focus on doing the right thing for employees, customers and vendors while strengthening the company legacy,” Stoehr said. “I’m confident that Dave’s addition to our leadership team will do just that.”
Fulton began work as Robbins President on October 31.
About Stoehr Flooring
Stoehr Flooring is a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin. The Stoehr family is in its fourth generation of leading the company, which traces its roots to 1894. Stoehr Flooring manufacturers solid hardwood flooring that is 100% made in the U.S.A., producing the highest quality American made flooring at an affordable price.
In addition to Stoehr Flooring, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Robbins Sports Surfaces, an international leader in sports flooring systems, and Robbins Performing Arts, a theater and dance floor division which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.