Whenever one looks at a company they often wonder where the name comes from, for example Apple Computer, what does an Apple have to do with a computer?
At Hudson Carpet and Flooring we’re often asked who is Hudson and what does he have to do with Carpet and Flooring? The truth is we want all of our customers and prospective customers to know everything about who we are and what we stand for so we thought it was important to start with allowing the public to understand the history behind our company name.
The Hudson River Valley has a very rich industrial history. Between 1871 and 1930 a man named Alexander Smith started a carpet manufacturing plant in what was to become the largest in the world, employing over 7,000 people at it’s peak. Alexander Smith combined his efforts with a man named Halcyon Skinner, a carpenter and brilliant inventor to create the first moquette loom also known as the power loom. The efficiency of this new loom decreased the purchase price of carpet for the general consumer by two thirds. Their combined ingenuity created a turning point in the carpet industry, effectively bringing carpet within reach for the everyday person in America.
Here at Hudson Carpet and Flooring our goal, is to use our ingenuity to facilitate change. Companies today are often out of touch with their customers’ needs and desires. We provide the preeminent level of personalized service while maintaining excellent product quality and installation standards.
The answer to the original question is that, Hudson is not a name of a person but rather a turning point, or dramatic change, in the focus of the carpet industry.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of the carpet industry, including Alexander Smith and his carpet mill in the Hudson River Valley please see the links below.
The Carpet and Rug Institute
A History of the Alexander Smith and Son’s Carpet Company