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Retailer of the Year

Flooring Express Honored as “2023 Retailer of the Year”

At Ohio Valley Flooring’s annual “Flooring Plus” convention Flooring Express was honored as the “2023 Retailer of the Year” in Indiana in recognition of their high levels of sales and customer service.

Flooring Express Retail Dealer of the Year

Flooring Express is announced as Dealer of the Year – Indiana.

Long Time Partner

Ohio Valley Flooring is one of the largest U.S. distributors of floor covering products, serving retailers throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania.  Flooring Express’s T.J. Schwartzel stated, “Ohio Valley Flooring has been a long-time partner with Flooring Express and has contributed to our success by consistently bringing innovative flooring products to market along with providing great customer service and support.  It is increasingly important to align your business with suppliers who can get high quality material to you in a timely manner and at a competitive price, and Ohio Valley Flooring is at the top of the game in our market.”

Flooring Plus Convention

FE group photo

At the Flooring Plus convention (L-R) Thomas Baert (President CFL-Audacity Flooring) along with Flooring Express representatives T.J. Schwartzel, Natalie Schwartzel, and Jadelyn Clugh-Dorsey.

The “Flooring Plus” convention brings together more than 25 manufacturers that Ohio Valley Flooring represents along with hundreds of flooring retailers across the Midwest.  Highlights of this year’s convention included ESPN reporter and bestselling author, Marty Smith, who was the keynote speaker. His new book, “Sideline C.E.O.”, provides interviews with a hall of fame cast of college and pro sports coaches who share their philosophies on being an effective leader.

There were also many other opportunities to learn about new products and network directly with the manufacturers including Audacity, Tarkett, Aqualok, and many more.

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2022 Carry the Torch Cancer Run/Walk

Join Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express In Supporting Local Cancer Patients

Most of us have been impacted in some way by cancer through our family and friends.  Supporting those with cancer is the mission of the Community Cancer Network, a local organization that provides transportation, food, medicine, emotional support and so much more during the difficult times caused by cancer.

Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express are once again walking to support the Community Cancer Network and we are asking for your help!

Carry the Torch Walk

Join the Henry Poor/FE Carry the Torch Walk team on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Loeb Stadium or donate to our team in support of this cause.  Attached is a CCN Contribution Form to record your donations. Contact Nicole Reece at Flooring Express at 765-607-4435 or [email protected] on how to sign up.

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2022 Fall Parade of Homes

FE and HP Parade yard signs

2022 Parade of Homes headerTour Greater Lafayette’s Newest Homes and Designs!

Come tour beautiful new homes and lots for sale offered by members of the Builders Association of Greater Lafayette.  Locations thru the BAGL mobile app and website will be available to direct you to each of these homes. Admission is free.

Henry Poor productsFall Parade of Homes Showcases Local Builders

Saturday     Sept 17       11am – 4 pm
Sunday        Sept 18       11pm – 4 pm

Looking to Build or Remodel a Home?

Come see the latest trends in kitchen & bath designs; amazing outdoor living spaces; and elegantly finished interior rooms.

  • Latest in Kitchen Cabinets and Counter Top Styles and Materials
  • Flooring Options: Hardwood, Carpet, and LVT
  • Custom Woodwork and Trim
  • Creative Outdoor Living Spaces
  • Exterior siding and stone finishes

Like to Thank our Local Builders

All of us at Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express would like to thank all the builders who let us be part of the Parade of Homes through the many high-quality products and services we supply.

Tempest Homes • Timberstone Homes • Crown Line Homes • Majestic Homes • Milakis Homes •  Citation Homes • Bogert Construction

In addition to the new homes, you can visit two developments with lots for sale.

FE and HP Parade yard signsChesapeake Landing • Raineybrook Bay

For More Parade of Homes Information

For more on the many product lines carried by Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express go to Building Materials, Kitchen Designs, Interior Finishes, Exterior Finishes and Flooring Express.

For more details and location maps visit the 2014 Parade of Homes website: Builders Association of Greater Lafayette.

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Debbie Davis Retires

Debbie Davis at Henry Poor Lumber

Debbie Davis Leaves Behind 33 Years of Heart, Soul

Debbie Davis at Henry Poor Lumber

Debbie on the job for 33 years.

For 33 years Debbie Davis has been a “rock”, according to Jim Andrew, that has provided a steady presence and significant contributions in the many areas she has been involved.

During her tenure at Henry Poor Lumber, Debbie has been responsible for payables, receivables, safety, collections, IT, HR, special events, and assisting Jim with other business ventures.

Debbie began working at Home Works in Eastway Plaza on June 26, 1989 as the only accounting person at that location. She subsequently moved to the Home Work’s Market Square location when the business relocated to a larger facility.  In 2002 Debbie moved to the new Henry Poor Lumber store on Brady Lane to become the credit and collections manager.  She is currently in the Human Resources department where she is involved in a number of different areas of the company.

Debbie Davis with Jim Andrew at Henry Poor Lumber

Debbie assisting Jim on the computer. A not uncommon occurrence.

Jim Andrew remarked, “Debbie has been my “work wife” and close personal friend for more years than I can count. Her involvement in so many areas of the company has helped our different businesses move forward and grow significantly over the years.

I have depended on Debbie to help me manage my responsibilities at Henry Poor, my political campaigns, and personal affairs.  But most of all when I have dealt with business and personal challenges, she has been there to help take care of the details and be a steady presence and friend.  After 33 years on the job, her daily involvement will be missed.”

Jim also noted that Debbie will still come in a few hours each week to work with him on his schedule and ongoing projects.

Debbie reflected, “The best part about working at James A. Andrew, Inc. is the people and friends I have made.  I couldn’t ask for a better family to work for than the Andrew family.”

Debbie Davis at Henry Poor fund raiser

Debbie taking one for the team and a good cause.

With her new leisurely time Debbie plans on doing some quilting, camping, and visiting family.

Debbie, you will be missed by all.  Thank you for all you have done for Henry Poor Lumber.

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“Drive Away Hunger” Challenge

Food Finders Food Bank

Food Finders Food Bank
Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express “Drive Away Hunger” Challenge

Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express are challenging each other to see which location can collect the most food and donations for Food Finder’s Food Bank.  The competition runs from October 10 to November 15.

Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express logosTwo Locations Vying for Top Honors

Help Flooring Express or Henry Poor Lumber win this challenge by dropping your donation off at either location. Nonperishable food items or donations are welcome.  Check out the list of the most wanted food items:

Be part of this community wide endeavor and help us stamp out hunger in our local communities.  Donations accepted anytime during business hours.

Any questions regarding this “challenge,” please contact Sadie McKinley at [email protected] or give her a call at 765-474-1388.

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Careers in Construction

Young construction worker on job site

Careers in Construction banner

Building homes, schools, office buildings and communities can’t happen without professionals in the construction trades and lumber and building materials industry.

Demand for new homes remains strong and so is the demand for construction workers and those working in the lumber and material building (LBM) industry.  October is Careers in Construction Month.  It highlights the rewarding and well-compensated career paths available in the home building industry.

Check Out the Many Career Options Available

List of Construction CareersThe LBM industry offers a wide range of jobs ranging from forklift operator to engineering and design.

Many of these positions do not require a four-year college degree.  We would encourage anyone with an interest in learning more about our industry to go to Careers in Construction.

We’d encourage you to learn about construction careers and training opportunities now emerging in our state.  Build Your Future Indiana’s goal is to help Indiana residents to qualify for and get jobs in these high-demand occupations.  To learn more go to Build Your Future Indiana.

Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express logosHenry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express

We are always looking for talented, hardworking individuals at Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express.

If you have the desire to learn and are willing to work hard there may be an opportunity for you.  Go to our Careers webpage and fill out and submit our employment application.

Check out what it’s like to make a delivery with the Henry Poor Boom truck.


Carry the Torch Walk

Community Cancer Network Walk

Community Cancer Network flyer

Carry the Torch Walk Has Gone Virtual

Join us in keeping the tradition of Carry the Torch Walk alive by participating virtually this year. Donations can be made online at Donate to CCN through October 25th. To learn more about the role the Community Cancer Network plays in our community go to Serving the Non-Medical Needs of Local Cancer Patients.

Please Make Your Donation by October 25th.

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2020 Fall Parade of Homes

2020 Fall Parade of Homes

Fall Parade of Homes Showcases Local Builders

Parade of Homes displaySaturday,    Sept 12       12pm – 5 pm
Sunday,       Sept 13       12pm – 5 pm
Wednesday,   Sept 16     5pm – 8 pm

Looking to Build or Remodel a Home?

Come see the latest trends in kitchen & bath designs; amazing outdoor living spaces; and elegantly finished interior rooms.

  • Latest in  Kitchen Cabinets and Counter Top Styles and Materials
  • Flooring Options: Hardwood, Carpet, and LVT
  • Custom Woodwork and Trim
  • Creative Outdoor Living Spaces

Like to Thank our Local Builders

All of us at Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express would like to thank all the builders who let us be part of the Parade of Homes through the many high quality products and services we supply.

Tempest Homes • Timberstone Homes • Jordan Custom Homes • Majestic Homes • Milakis Homes •  Stone Ridge Homes • Komark Ltd

2020 Parade of Homes MapParade of Homes Map

To find the exact locations of the 18 homes in the 2020 Parade of Homes go to Homes On Display.  In addition to the new homes, you can also find 11 locations with Land for Sale on the Parade map.  Admission is free.


  1. Masks are required to go through each home. Masks will be available for guests who forget theirs.
  2. One way flow through the homes will be facilitated with signs indicating where to enter and  exit.

Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express, Lafayette, IN

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Childhood Cancer Awareness

Little Nora Jean’s Fighting Machine

Cancer Awareness delivery truck

The latest edition to the Henry Poor Lumber delivery fleet, “Nora Jean’s Fighting Machine.”

With the recent addition to Henry Poor Lumber’s delivery fleet of a new Freightliner flatbed moffett truck, we wanted to honor a very special person who has shown us all what toughness and resilience look like.

So we christened our new delivery truck “Nora Jean’s Fighting Machine”.

An Extraordinarily Difficult Time

Jim Andrew’s granddaughter, Nora Jean Dane, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer at the age of 3.  Her treatment required extensive brain surgery, chemotherapy and proton radiation treatments that lasted over a year.  From a future that promised little hope to being declared cancer free in 2019, little Nora Jean demonstrated the resilience and heart that got her, and her family, through an extraordinarily difficult time.

Raising Awareness of Childhood Cancer
Nora Jean Cancer Fighting Machine

Little Nora Jean test driving part of the new delivery truck named in her honor.

Did you know that each year, the parents of approximately 15,700 children in the United States will hear the words “your child has cancer”.  This diagnosis can devastate a family.

Because of the personal experience the Henry Poor Lumber and Flooring Express family has been through with Nora Jean, they are committed to raising the awareness of the impact of childhood cancer on the lives of many young people and their families.

 Childhood Cancer Facts
  • 43 children per day are expected to be diagnosed with cancer. That is 1 in every 333 children in the United States.
  • Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children.
  • The average cost of a stay in a hospital for a child with cancer is $40,000.
  • Only 4% of the billions of dollars that are annually spent on cancer research and treatments are directed towards treating childhood cancer.
  • Since 1980, fewer than 10 drugs have been developed for use in children with cancer, as compared with the hundreds of drugs that have been created exclusively for adults.
  • More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a significant health-related issue by the time they are 45 years of age. These health-related issues are side-effects of either cancer or more commonly, the result of its treatment.
Morgan Adams Foundation logoJoining the Fight

In honor of little Nora Jean, Henry Poor Lumber will donate 20 cents for every mile the Nora Jean Fighting Machine logs in 2020 to the Morgan Adams Foundation.

The Morgan Adams Foundation funds kids’ cancer research. They raise awareness of, and educate our communities about the need for pediatric and young adult specific cancer treatments.

Working with leading researchers and physicians, the Morgan Adams Foundation funds new and innovative ideas that will improve cancer treatment effectiveness, overall outcomes, survival rates and quality of life while minimizing the devastating side effects current treatments have on children.

To learn more about and how to support this organization go to the Morgan Adams Foundation.

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C2E Expo Promotes Construction Industry Careers

Build Your Future Indiana logo

C2E Expo bannerC2E Expo Thursday, Feb. 20
IVY Tech Community

Thursday, February 2oth

3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette, IN  47905

9:30am – 11:30am and 11:30am – 1:30pm


3:30pm – 7:00pm

Stop by the Henry Poor Lumber/Flooring Express display at Ivy Tech and learn about the career opportunities in the building material supply industry.  Positions range from delivery driver to procurement specialist to design consultant. 

Henry Poor C2E Expo display

Stop by the Henry Poor/Flooring Express display to learn more about careers in the Building Materials Industry.

Construction Industry Careers
The C2E (Construction Career & Education) Expo emphasizes the importance of construction to our economy while drawing attention to many rewarding, high-skill careers available within the Construction industry.

The C2E Expo brings together members of the industry to speak and demonstrate numerous skills used within three core functions; Plan-It, Build-It, and Finish-It.

The result is a collaboration between industry, students, and the general public showcasing construction careers that best fit an attendee’s personality and lifestyle.

For More Info
Students to register go to C2E Registration.  No registration is needed to attend the General Public Career Expo.