James City County Recognizes Lumber Liquidators
Date: October 3, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Keith A. Taylor, Economic Development Director
Phone: (757) 253-6607
James City County’s Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Authority and Office of Economic Development awarded Lumber Liquidators its Captain John Smith Award at its 15th annual Celebration of Business. The Captain John Smith Award, which was initiated in 1994, is given annually by the County’s economic development team to a business, organization or individual for exemplary contributions in the James City County business community.
Lumber Liquidators is the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States. In 2004, Lumber Liquidators moved their national headquarters to Stonehouse Commerce Park. In November, 2007, Lumber Liquidators listed their stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “LL”. Most recently, Lumber Liquidators announced a 21 percent increase in sales for the second-quarter and they also opened 10 new stores during the same quarter.
Lumber Liquidators has been recognized by Virginia Business as part of their Fantastic 50 two years in a row and Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies. Lumber Liquidators has been seen nationally in Home and Garden Television's Dream Home, weekly on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and on This Old House. Their Chairman and Founder, Tom Sullivan, was named Ernst and Young's 2003 Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year. He has been nominated for Ernst and Young’s 2008 National Entrepreneur of the Year.
Receiving the award for Lumber Liquidators was Esther Eaton, Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. Eaton noted, “Being in James City County has contributed to our success and growth. We are especially proud of our employees, many of whom live in this great community.” The Captain John Smith award is custom made hand blown glass by James City County craftsman, John Shelton.
The Celebration of Business is a reception for major industrial, technical and business service companies in James City County. The event was held on October 2, 2008 at the Jamestown Settlement’s Great Hall and Gazebo.