Weyer’s Floor Service Inc.
Over the last 75 years, Weyer’s Floor Service Inc. has been building a reputation as one of the mid-Atlantic’s leading wood and synthetic floor specialists.
Based in Odenton, Maryland, Weyer’s has carved out a niche in the professional and collegiate sports market, working with major names and franchises such as the Washington Wizards and Baltimore Ravens as well as Georgetown University, George Mason University and the University of Maryland.
Founded in 1959 out of Lawrence Weyer Sr.’s garage, the business is now run by Weyer’s son, Larry Weyer, who has amassed 54 years of industry experience and helped to grow the business from a small, home-based operation to a major force in the regional market.
Weyer’s works throughout Maryland and the Washington D.C. metro area and completes both public and private projects in Virginia, parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia.
The company is an authorized Robbins Sports Surface dealer and offers a complete showroom of Robbins products, along with a range of gym, fitness, dance and designer flooring. In addition to carrying a range of flooring for nearly every application, Weyer’s provides a full slate of flooring services including finish recoating, water damage, repairs, sand and refinish.
Getting behind the home team
Building off a long-standing relationship with college basketball powerhouse Georgetown University, Weyer’s was recently tapped to provide flooring to the school’s new practice facility, The John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center.
The 215,000-square-foot building will feature new practice courts, locker rooms, team meeting rooms, lounge areas and coaches’ offices for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The facility will feature Weyer’s most advanced flooring system, MVP with OG Shockpad, which reduces user fatigue through a unique, shock absorption system.
“That’s our top floor and is designed not only to be resilient but also more comfortable and less tiring because when vibrations are absorbed by the athletes themselves it causes more fatigue in the muscles,” says Larry Weyer, president of Weyer’s.
For Weyer, the recent project at Georgetown is part of an industrywide trend toward lower impact flooring. “Customers are getting more safety conscious about the design of athletic and performing arts floors,” says Weyer. “It requires you to put a few more components in, but people are willing to pay more for it because the dancers and athletes are more comfortable.”
In recognition of Weyer’s longstanding relationship with the school and its contributions to the new facility, the company was recently recognized during a Maryland men’s basketball home game. “They had us come to the game and they put our picture on the Jumbotron,” says Weyer with a chuckle. “One of my customers was there with his wife at the game and he texted me and said ‘I just saw your ugly face on the Jumbotron.’”
In addition to the recent project at Georgetown, Weyer’s has been busy performing regular maintenance for long-standing clients during college basketball’s brief offseason such as recoating the basketball courts at both George Washington University and Maryland University.
While Weyer’s business might owe a lot to professional and college basketball, the president himself is actually more of a basketball and football fan. With a strong reputation in Maryland and Washington D.C., Weyer has been able to complete projects for a number of his favorite teams and players, including a half-court gym and racquetball courts for the Baltimore Ravens and flooring at the home of Oriole’s legend Cal Ripken Jr.
Ensuring future success
For Weyer, nothing is quite as satisfying as knowing that he has helped to build a strong reputation as one of the area’s leading flooring specialists. When the Thompson Athletic Center, the longstanding relationship between Weyer’s and the university meant that the company was one of the first to be called on to contribute.
“Georgetown just told the general contractor that Weyers was going to do the flooring,” he says. “I really appreciate the fact that they put their trust in us like that.”
Like many in the industry, Weyer’s has noticed a distinct lack of interest from the next generation workforce. With millennials shying away from physical labor and expecting higher pay despite having less experience, the company has increasingly turned to older workers to fill its ranks.
“Any young guy who starts here can work his way up as far as he wants. I have guys who started out as helpers who are now mechanics and estimators, but it’s still hard to get people,” he says. “I just hired a 57-year-old two weeks ago, which is good because he has 35 years of experience and older guys are usually more dependable.”
Weyer is currently looking to expand into new markets and sees particular potential in the performing arts. “Robbins actually has a new line of floors designed specifically for performing arts centers and we’ve probably installed six or eight of those so far,” he says. These include projects at the Strathmore Music Center, American University and Goerge Washington University.
“They’re actually more expensive than gym floor because they have a lot more layers and a lot more to them. They’re real soft; not the type of floor you would want to bounce a ball on,” says Weyer.
With a number of high-profile projects across the region and a reputation that consistently lands it on the short list for go-to subcontractors, expect great things ahead for Weyer’s Floor Service Inc.
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