We Love What We Do
. . . and you can tell
We are a family owned and operated business founded in 1972. Today the second generation is running the business with the third generation in training to take over in a few more years.
Carpetman, located at 670 S. Front St. Milton, is marking 43 years in business in 2016. Although we are known for carpet we also sell and install hardwoods, laminate, Congoleum, tile and vinyl. In 1972, Sonny Davis began to transition from being a carpet installer to selling carpet from the back of his truck. That transition marked the beginning of a Milton business, which has been thriving for 43 years.
In 2007, Davis sold the business to John Suspic and Jon Campton but Davis remains with the company on a part-time basis. Carpetman’s first store was located at the South Gate Plaza, and in 1975, Jon Campton began working for Carpetman and is the longest staying employee, owner. “I learned the trade from Sonny, the installation trade,” Campton said. He said the two share a very special bond. “I didn’t have a father,” Campton said. “(Davis) took me under his wing… We’ve had a buddy, father-son relationship for a number of years.”
After a fire struck the South Gate Plaza in 1981, Davis moved the business to a retail location along Route 405, near the intersection with Housels Run Road.
Davis purchased Carpetman’s current location in 1984. Suspic, who is Davis’ son-in-law, joined the business in 2005 as he was seeking a career change and Davis was looking toward retirement. “This business gets in your blood,” Davis said. “Most of the time it’s fun.” Carpetman has six employees and three to five subcontractors. All the installers have been with them for 20 years and no one in this area has more experience. “We have the best installers,” Davis added. “If you can’t do a good job for somebody, you might as well not do it.”
The majority of Carpetman’s customers are customers for life, utilizing the business every time they need to purchase new carpet. “We’ve done (carpet for) three generations of many families over the years,” Davis said. “That reflects back to our service and our guys installing the carpet,” Campton added. For Carpetman, no job is too big or too small. They do everything from little bathrooms to big commercial projects including many churches in the area. When people come to the store looking to purchase carpet, Carpetman’s sales team are good about advising the individuals on what carpet best suits their needs.