Floor Covering News
CEO Hagood reflects on William M. Bird’s 150 years
October 30, 2015 By Ken Ryan

Founded just after the end of the Civil War in 1865, William M. Bird has survived wars, the great earthquake of 1886 and economic depressions. Today, it is thriving as the industry’s No. 7 flooring distributor with 2015 sales projected to be $149 million. Bird’s vision is to be the leading floor covering distributor in the South. From meager beginnings in Charleston, S.C., the distributor now has 12 locations covering 10 Southeastern states. More

Post and Courier
Charleston area flooring company William M. Bird turns 150, traces roots to end of Civil War
October 4, 2015 By Warren L. Wise  

During the Civil War, William M. Bird was captured by Union forces as a blockade runner in Charleston Harbor. After the war, he returned to Charleston and opened a paint and building materials business on East Bay Street in the fall of 1865. The William M. Bird Co. flourished, transporting lumber and other supplies from Savannah and Charleston to Northern ports. On its return voyages, Bird’s schooner ferried back paint, glass, Belgian cement and whale oil. More

SC Business Review
150-Year-Old Charleston Firm Keeps Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive
Mike Switzer

While 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, it also represents the same milestone for our next guest’s company, which began that year (1865) in Charleston, SC as a supplier of building materials to rebuild the South.  And he attributes the company’s long-term success to it’s ability to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit of it’s founder. More

Media Kit:  WM Bird 150 Media Kit 

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