GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Robert "Bob" W. Anderson, 74, founder and chairman emeritus of Anderson Hardwood Floors, has passed away after a brief illness.

Anderson joined his father L.W. "Andy" Anderson in Standard Plywoods Inc. upon graduation from Northwestern University in 1950. The younger Anderson was responsible for steering the company into the wood flooring business in 1954. He took over sole control of the company in 1967, upon the death of his father.

Anderson established the Anderson brand in 1978. He relinquished day-to-day control with his retirement, in 1992, but remained a guiding influence on the company until his death.

"He was a contemporary of Charlie Tibbals, Allen Harris and Sykes Harris, other pioneers in the American wood flooring business. He was very proud of the fact that, after more than five decades, we are one of the last private, successful family owned and operated wood flooring businesses," said Don Finkell, president.

Anderson is survived by his wife Dolores, four daughters, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

The Anderson Co. will be closed on Feb. 13. Services will be held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Greenville, S.C. at 11a.m. The Mackey Mortuary in Greenville is handling the arrangements.