Multi-state distributor L.D. Brinkman Corp., Lewisville, Texas, has filed (April 29) for Chapter 11 reorganization, according to Jeff Sills, L.D. Brinkman Corp. president.

The filing, according to Sills, was because the company was not generating the necessary sales since being purchased from Beaulieu of America by management in July 2002. The situation was also compounded by the recent war in Iraq.

According to the company, it will continue to service all current markets from its Lewisville, Texas; Ontario, Calif.; and Sacramento sales service centers. "Under the new business model, the company is positioned as a full service resource for the flooring industry. Our philosophy is to provide exceptional service for our customers, represent and market products of quality and value," Sills said.

The Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Antonio sales service centers will be closed as the company streamlines its operations. The management team of CEO Eddie M. Lesok, Sills and CFO Jack Wulz has implemented a system to use common freight carriers to achieve 24 to 48 hour deliveries for its independent retailers, home centers and builders in the Western and Southern United States.

Once the nation's largest floor covering distributorship, L.D. Brinkman has served the floor covering community for more than 40 years. Current product lines include: Anderson Hardwood (all except Northern California); Appalachian Hardwood (Northern California only); Columbus Mills carpet; Heritage wood; Pergo laminate floors; Renaissance ceramic tile; tools and sundries.