Just 19 years old when he graduated from City College of New York, Henry Mathusek Jr. signed on as a product analyst with General Foods for a time. But it wasn’t long before his entrepreneurial spirit stirred a desire to build a business of his own, leading young Henry to become a manufacturer’s rep supplying chalk and tackboards to schools.
While peddling his wares, Henry met architect Leon Urbane, who had done some work for an exhibit at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. During the fair, the wood flooring laid for Urbane’s exhibit had flooded.
As a result of this unfortunate event Urbane invented the clip-and-channel flooring system, which was designed to withstand water, and Henry secured a position as a manufacturer’s rep for the product. The pair became pioneers in clip-and-channel flooring, a technology still in use today.
Henry settled in New York City and travelled back and forth to Upstate New York to sell flooring during the 1950s. In 1965, he organized as Mathusek Incorporated and became a dealer for Horner Flooring. That same year, he chose the phrase “Quality and Service” to summarize the mission of his new company.
In the beginning, Henry employed only himself and carpenters as needed while raising his family in New York and later New Jersey. All five of his sons grew up in the business, often spending their weekends and “days off” from school working for their father. One by one, they became permanent employees, and by 1984 the team was complete.
Warren, Jeff, Fred, Robert, and Phillip Mathusek, with help from their children, carry on their father’s legacy to this day. Through the years, Mathusek Incorporated has grown and developed into a full-service sports and commercial flooring company. Their relationship with the MFMA has remained a constant, and they take pride in offering superior wood flooring products.
Longtime Mathusek customers still mention Henry from time to time, recalling the honesty and integrity with which he conducted business.
Today, Mathusek Incorporated rests squarely on a foundation fashioned from its founder’s entrepreneurial spirit and stellar character, which served as the catalysts that propelled the company from a one-man shop to one of the Northeast’s leading sports flooring companies.
Organization of Mathusek incorporated.
First wood floor installation.
Robert and Phillip enter the business
I. Warren enters the business
II. First computer accounting program installed for Mathusek Incorporated
III. West Point Crystal Arena (Hollander Center) installation.
Founder Harry Mathusek retires.
Mathusek Inc. begins use of Maximizer CRM
I. Reebok World Headquarters Installation
II. Reebok Outdoor Mondo Track
III. Reebok Indoor BB Track
IV. Reebok Weight Room
I. Philadephia Eagles Installation
II. Eagles Weight Room & Training Rooms
I. Mathusek Inc. Becomes a Union Shop
Mathusek launches Mathusek Global Sales, Inc. to handle wholesale distribution to floor contractors and end users.