Baer’s Rug & Linoleum Company was established by Al and Claire Baer in 1939 as a “Mom & Pop” store located on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, New York. Baer’s prospered during World War II, using manufacturer allotments (materials were restricted during World War II) to furnish flooring to numerous homes being constructed in Franklin Square.

In the early 1950’s when supermarkets were changing from wood floors with sawdust, Al Baer, Sr., contracted to put asphalt tile on the A & P and Bohack supermarkets floors. In 1957 Baer’s moved to its present location and showroom. During the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the retail business continued to prosper, while the commercial business was limited to supermarket work.

Al Baer, Jr., joined the firm in 1966, after graduating college and working in the corporate world for 1½ years. Rather than expand the retail business by opening additional locations, a major decision was made to pursue the commercial and industrial business. This allowed the commercial business to grow throughout the tri-state area specializing in healthcare, supermarkets, and office buildings.

In 1977, Brendan Cussen joined the firm, bringing with him expertise and professionalism within the areas of project management and estimating. These qualities have greatly helped Baer’s to continue its leadership in the industry. Baer’s became a third generation company when Al Baer III joined the firm in September of 2001. During his short tenure at Baer’s he has become a fine asset to the company. His addition to the team will allow Baer’s to prosper well into the future.

Baer’s has been a member of the Greater New York Floor Coverers Association since 1985, with Al Baer, Jr. currently holding the position of Vice President. Additionally, he currently holds the position of Vice President and Trustee of the Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry Promotional Fund (funds used to promote the union flooring industry in New York State).

Baer’s Rug is certified for premium commercial flooring installation by the Floor Coverers Installation Board. In addition, we are proud to be a member of The Carpet and Rug Institute of America Seal of Approval Program.

In 2001, Market Pulse, under the direction of FCIB, conducted a consumer survey of Baer’s customers. We were delighted to have received the highest rating for customer service and quality installation of all contractors rated in the U.S.

Furthermore, Baer’s is a longstanding member of the Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association, a national installers organization, with Al Baer, Jr. as a former Board of Directors member.

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