1st Basketball Game
The first basketball game was played in Springfield, MA.
1st U.S. Squash Match
The first U.S. squash match was played in Concord, NH, at St. Paul's School.
First Maple Lumbered
The first stumpage stand of northern hard maple was lumbered into flooring.
Maple & Birch Sell for $4
Surface clear maple and birch logs of 12 inches in diameter were sold for $4.00 per thousand feet.
William Horner First in Hardwood Flooring
William Horner became the first manufacturer of northern hardwood flooring.
Maple End Matching
Maple end matching was introduced into the flooring industry.
1st Volleyball Game
William G. Morgan, a 25 year old gym teacher, invented the game of volleyball at the YMCA in Holyoke, MA.
MFMA was established to enforce uniform grades and standards of products for the flooring industry.
Dr. Earle 1st MFMA President
Dr. George Washington Earle was elected the first President of the Board of Directors for MFMA (term 1897 - 1911).
Single Pass Flooring Machine
The first single-pass flooring machine was designed.
MFMA Grading Inspections
MFMA began mill grading inspections.
The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletic practices of the time.
MFMA Architect Literature
MFMA began publishing descriptive literature for architects.
Standard Grading Marking
MFMA establishes supervision of grades and millwork at flooring mills.
The Yawkey-Bissell Lumber Company was incorporated by W.H. Bissell (President), W.W. Gamble, Sr. (Vice President/GM), A.P. Woodsen (Secretary) and C.C. Yawkey (Treasurer) and purchased 25,000 acres of hardwood and hemlock timber land in Langlade County, Wisconsin.
Horner Flooring Co.
Horner Flooring Co. joined the MFMA.
MFMA began printed space advertising and called on architects and contractors.
Mills Convert to All-Electric Production
Hardwood flooring mills converted from steam powered belt driven machinery to all-electric production.
Headquarters Moved to Chicago
MFMA Headquarters offices moved to the McCormick Building in Chicago, IL.
Landmark Anti-trust Lawsuit
MFMA won a landmark federal anti-trust lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice. The lawsuit addressed the sharing of historical industry data.
James Thomas was elected MFMA President (term 1926 - 1931).
Selected Brown Grade
Selected Brown Grade was introduced into the flooring market.
Stains Not Practical for Maple
MFMA promoted staining maple in print ads. However, due to changes in the chemical formula of staining products, today's stains do not take well to solid maple and are no longer recommended.
MFMA elected Arthur Wells as President (term 1932 - 1947).
MFMA Grading Standards
MFMA Grading Standards were established and adopted by members.
Tongue & Groove Face Machine
The one stop tongue and groove/face machine was invented.
Walter Abendroth MFMA President
Walter Abendroth was elected MFMA President (term 1947 - 1952).
MFMA 50th Anniversary
MFMA celebrated its 50th anniversary and members hit production of 4 billion feet of maple beech and birch since 1897.
MFMA Headquarters Moves to Oshkosh, WI
MFMA Headquarters offices moved to Oshkosh, WI.
First Racquetball Game
The first racquetball game was played in Bridgeport, CT.
In the summer of 1949 the six surviving NBL teams were absorbed into the BAA and the league was renamed to the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Linoleum & Carpet Introduced to Market
Linoleum and carpet were introduced as flooring alternatives.
The Baby Boom
The end of WWII brought a need for more schools and gym floors due to the Baby Boom and suburban sprawl.
MFMA Headquarters Move to Chicago
MFMA Headquarters offices moved to Chicago, IL.
Sport Floor Systems Developed
Sport floor "systems" were developed including cushioned systems and rubber pads.
Sport Floor Systems Techniques Developed
End-to-end systems, cushioned underfloors, channel-and-clip techniques were developed into the sports floor market.
Donald DeWitt MFMA President
Donald DeWitt was elected MFMA President (term 1952 - 1957).
Nailing Groove Added
A nailing groove was added to strip flooring and became an industry standard.
The first patents were issued to Powernail, reducing time and costs for hardwood flooring installations.
Rubber-cushioned plywood subfloor were developed.
William W. Gamble President
William W. Gamble was elected President of MFMA (term 1957 - 1961).
Connor Sports Flooring
Connor Sports Flooring joined the MFMA
Rider Sander Patented
Richard Baseman, Sr., received a patent for the first functional "rider sander."
Samuel Wells was elected President of MFMA (term 1961 - 1965).
Synthetic Gym Floors
In the 1960s synthetic gym floors were introduced as sports floors.
Mechanically Fastened Systems
Sleeper and padded plywood systems were refined into mechanically fastened systems.
MFMA Summer Meeting
MFMA held the 1964 Summer Board of Directors Meeting on Mackinac Island, MI.
Carl Abendroth was elected MFMA President (term 1965 - 1970).
MFMA Offices Move to Oshkosh, WI
MFMA Headquarters offices moved to Oshkosh, WI.
Wood & Synthetic Flooring Institute
The Wood and Synthetic Flooring Institute (WSFI) was founded from a group of contractors previously regarded as the Wood Flooring Guild, then the Wood Flooring Institute.
Cost of Floor Maintenance
The cost of floor maintenance of a MFMA maple floor was $0.07 per square foot per year.
Portable Sports Floors
In the 1970s portable sports floors became common in many arenas.
Products Introduced to Market
In the 1970s many products such as sheet goods, poured urethane, synthetic grass and carpet were introduced as sports flooring products. MFMA countered this trend with an advertising campaign addressing safety.
John Hamar President
John Hamar was elected MFMA President (term 1971 - 1975).
Finish and Sealers Included on Finish List
MFMA develops finish and sealer test procedures for inclusion on the MFMA Finish List.
William W. Gamble III
William W. Gamble III was elected President of MFMA (term 1976 - 1980).
Robbins Inc. joined the MFMA.
MFMA revised finish specifications for floor products.
MFMA Offices Move
In 1977 the MFMA Headquarters offices moved to Glenview, IL.
1st Installation School
MFMA and NOFMA sponsored the first Wood Flooring Installation School.
MFMA Offices Move
The MFMA Headquarters offices move to Chicago, IL, and stay downtown until 1985.
Dept of Agriculture Forestry Div
In the 1980s the Department of Agriculture Forestry Division sponsors trade missions abroad and MFMA begins to establish global recognition.
Allen Harris was elected MFMA President (term 1981 - 1989).
MFMA began to address the specific needs of the "dance athlete" and develops unique flooring systems.
MFMA Finish List
85 floor finishes were included on the MFMA approved finish list.
MFMA Offices Move
MFMA Headquarters offices moved to Northbrook, IL.
Sport Floor Injury Study
A sport floor injury study was commissioned by the MFMA.
Action Floor Systems LLC
Action Floor Systems LLC joined the MFMA.
MFMA Marketing Dues
MFMA began to direct funds toward marketing based on dues paid on the square footage of flooring sold by Mill Manufacturer Members.
James H. Stoehr, Jr.
James H. Stoehr, Jr., was elected MFMA President (term 1990 - 1999).
DIN testing criteria was recognized by MFMA.
MFMA "The Sports Flooring Authority"
MFMA was accepted as "the sports flooring authority" by the architectural community.
Life Cycle Study
MFMA commissioned a study to determine the life cycle costs for sports flooring.
1st Annual MFMA Conference
MFMA hosted the 1st Annual MFMA Conference for members in Phoenix, AZ.
MFMA Absorbs WSFI
The MFMA absorbed the Wood & Synthetic Flooring Institute association and its members.
MFMA exhibited for the first time at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Exposition.
MFMA Adds Assistant Director
Daniel Heney became MFMA Assistant Director working with the Technical Committee, conducting floor inspections and answering technical phone calls.
MFMA 3rd Annual Conference
MFMA holds 3rd Annual Conference in Palm Springs, CA.
MFMA 100 Years Old
MFMA celebrated 100 year anniversary.
MFMA 5th Annual Convention
MFMA held 5th Annual Convention in Orlando, FL.
Aacer Flooring joined the MFMA.
MFMA 6th Annual Conference
MFMA held 6th Annual Conference in Palm Springs, CA.
Douglas Hamar was elected MFMA President (term 1999 - 2003).
MFMA 7th Annual Conference
MFMA held 7th Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, FL.
MFMA 8th Annual Conference
MFMA held 8th Annual Conference in Huntington Beach, CA.
Finger Jointed and Parquet Become Official
Finger jointed and parquet became official MFMA products and MFMA Grading Rules were developed for each.
MFMA Hall of Fame
MFMA inducts the Inaugural Class for the Hall of Fame and inductee plaques are presented to mill representatives. Class inductees include; Albert H. Abendroth, Walter C. Abendroth, Charles H. Anderson, Otto Berk, Morley Foster, Sam Horner and William Horner.
MFMA 9th Annual Conference
MFMA held 9th Annual Conference in Miami Beach, FL.
MFMA 10th Annual Meeting
MFMA held 10th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.
Floyd Shelton was elected MFMA President (term 2003 - 2006).
MFMA 11th Annual Conference
MFMA held 11th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.
Heather Gagnon Currier Joins MFMA Staff
Heather Gagnon Currier joined the MFMA staff as Marketing Communications Director.
MFMA Board of Directors
MFMA Board of Directors photo taken at the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, FL.
MFMA 2006 Conference
MFMA held conference in Fort Myers, FL, and moves conference from annual to biennial format.
Thomas Abendroth was elected MFMA President (term 2006 - 2009).
WD Flooring joined the MFMA.
MFMA 2008 Conference
MFMA 2008 Conference held in San Diego, CA.
MFMA Contributes to the Hardwood Federation
The Hardwood Federation is an industry trade association, representing U.S. hardwood businesses and acting as the industry's advocacy voice on Capitol Hill.
Daniel Heney Becomes Executive Director
Daniel F. Heney was promoted to MFMA Executive Director.
MFMA Offices Move
MFMA Headquarter offices move to Deerfield, IL.
MFMA Wins Green Decade Honor
MFMA was awarded the Building of America Green Decade Plaque of Honor 2000 - 2009.
James Stoehr, III
James Stoehr, III was elected MFMA President (term 2009 - 2011).
Daniel Krupa Joins MFMA Staff
Daniel Krupa joined MFMA as Technical Director.
MFMA PUR Standards were introduced to the market and architectural community.
MFMA 2010 Conference
MFMA held 2010 Conference in Destin, FL.
MFMA elected Jon Isaacs as President (term 2012 - 2014).
MFMA 2012 Conference
MFMA held 2012 conference in Rancho Mirage, CA
MFMA 2014 Conference
MFMA held 2014 conference in San Antonio, TX
MFMA elected Douglas Hamar as President (term 2015 - 2017)