GW = Good work

A business you can walk all over

GW Floors’ Owner/Manager/President, Harvie Hurd.

GW Floors’ Owner/Manager/President, Harvie Hurd. — Photo courtesy Harvie Hurd.

GW Floors has been serving Trail for many years but used to be known as Gordon Wall Floors. The previous owner was Gordon Wall—which is where the GW part of the company name comes from. While the name of the business has been transitioning for the past year and a half, one constant is owner Harvie Hurd who has been working at GW Floors for the past 26 years.

What led you to become involved in this line of work?

Opportunity. I was living in Vancouver and I wanted to leave. This just happened to be an opportunity that came up.

What’s a recent trend in your business that you are excited about?

Vinyl products which are made to look like ceramic tile, hardwood floors and all sorts of different things. Their durability is far better than stuff we’ve ever had in the past.

What aspect of being in business has surprised you the most?

We deal with people that have all sorts of different issues. They phone us for everything, not just for flooring. Maybe that’s a good sign. We’re the go-to place.

What is your passion outside of work?

Kayaking and camping. I love to go up north of Kaslo. I live in Rossland so I like to go to Nancy Greene Lake. I love the water in New Denver. It’s the most amazing lake I’ve ever been to.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Meeting all the different people. Every day you meet someone new with an issue that they’re looking to resolve, and we can help them.

What’s the best compliment your business has received?

When people call us to say that they appreciate the work we did—that they’re so excited that the floor layer has been there and it looks beautiful. 

Kyle Born

Kyle Born is a writer for Kootenay Business and his initials match that of the magazine—it must be fate that brought them together. View all of Kyle Born’s articles

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