Hammond Knoll’s Story
Local entrepreneur Ed Cartozian started cleaning oriental and area rugs in Tacoma in the 1930s. After WWII, the cleaning company moved to the present location on South G St. in Tacoma. In the early 1950′s, Ed began selling the newly popular broadloom carpeting (known today as wall-to-wall) and sold the cleaning business to two of his employees with the last names of Hammond and Knoll.
In 1987, Matt O’Haleck bought the local carpet store and building from owner Ed Cartozian. In its first year under new ownership, revenue increased 400 percent. The business has continued to grow 15 times larger since 1987, expanding from three employees to thirty. Today, Hammond Knoll continues its tradition of excellent service established by its founders.
Hammond Knoll’s people and workmanship are the keys to our pride and success. Employees strive to provide the best cleaning and service to our valued customers. By taking the time to learn and relearn, we keep abreast of new fabrics, carpet fibers, and cleaning techniques – which has made us the area’s best problem-solvers.
Trusted and referred for seven decades, Hammond Knoll is recognized as the largest full-service carpet, flooring, and furniture cleaning company in the Puget Sound.
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The Hammond Knoll Team
We couldn’t clean all the floors – better, faster, deeper – without our amazing team. They make the magic happen, day in and day out, so the flooring in your home or building looks like new.
Whether you need help with area rugs and carpet, upholstery, tile, grout and hard-surface floors, leather, furniture & wall panel, hardwood, vinyl, VCT and concrete, and custom rug fabrication, it’s good to know Knoll.
Matt has been with Hammond Knoll for more than 30 years and has spent 35 years in the cleaning and restoration industry. He currently serves on the board of the Washington State Floor Covering Association. Matt enjoys spending time cycling around Western Washington with his wife. In his free time, you can find him boating around the Puget Sound waters.
Lori has been with Hammond Knoll since 1988, she is currently in charge of marketing, although she has worn many hats within the company from operations to finance to HR. Lori enjoys cycling with her husband and enjoys spending time with her teen (when his time allows).
Bernadine works in our Accounting Department. She is responsible for all AP & AR functions. She has extensive accounting and bookkeeping experience. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, camping and gardening. Ask her about the last year of remodeling her home…which is still in the works. She can offer good advice on what to and what not to do when remodeling your home.
Marta has been the face of HammondKnoll for over 22 years working the front desk (she is the crazy, silly one). Marta has a big heart when it comes to rescuing cats, at one time she had 7 cats that she had rescued…thanks for taking care of the kitties, Marta. When she is not working you can find her at the gym doing Yoga, shopping with her girlfriends or doing yardwork. Marta’s favorite part of working for HK is her customers-she has built a lot of friendships over the years.
Marissa is our sales estimator, primarily for tile cleaning and restoration, however she does estimate all of our services.
When Marissa is not selling you can find her snuggling on the sofa with her hubby watching Netflix or you may bump into her at a local pub as it’s one of their favorite things to do together.
Marissa has a soft spot for pets, prior to working with HammondKnoll she managed a Petco. She is a proud momma of a very small but very loud, full-of-herself Chihuahua and Min Pin mix.
There is a good chance you will talk with Lydia on the phone as she is part of our fantastic front desk team, and if you do, you are lucky because she is super sweet.
When Lydia is not working you can find her all cozied up with a book in her hand. If you are a reader yourself you can ask her for the list she has built since being shut down with Covid.
While Lydia is reading she most likely has one or both of her dogs at her feet- Bagles the Beagle or Pepper the rat Terrier, Corgi mix (she says the only way you can tell Pepper is a Corgi is by her little butt!
Tim has worked at Hammond Knoll for 19 years. He is currently working in the plant and rug fabrication department. Over the last 19 years Tim has touched each HK service with a positive “what’s best for the company” attitude. He has worked in the cleaning and restoration business for over 22 years. His favorite book is “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” and he enjoys hiking and traveling in his spare time. Tim also likes to work in his garage whenever he gets the chance.
Jerry is our carpet cleaning & repair specialist. When you see Jerry, make sure to look at his shoes, most likely they will match his outfit, then you can ask him about his collection of Air Jordan shoes. When he is not working he is spending time with his precious grandchildren.
Travis started with the commercial carpet cleaning team and has moved to the tile restoration team for almost two years. He prides himself on making his customers happy, he is also known as the king of before and after pictures. Travis loves spending time with his wife and 3 you children every chance he gets.
Jacob is Hammond Knoll’s Lead Rug Fabrication Technician and enjoys the variety of challenges that fabrication presents. In his down time, Jacob likes to do home improvement projects, watch sports and learning about anything related to science, history, and human evolution.
Ismeal P-AKA “Ish” as we like to call him. Ish spends a majority of time on our pick up and delivery truck, the other day or two he spends his time helping the rug wash team. Ismeal has very little time for extra activities as he spends all of his time with his three wonderful children attending sports events at least five days out of the week. He also coaches baseball for his son’s team in the Spring. Ismeal enjoys going on mission trips, his most recent was a trip to Mexico to build a church and serve the community.
James specializes in carpet cleaning both residential and commercial, prior to joining the HK team, he was providing maintenance for 6 years with the Makah Tribe.
James spends his spare time with his three girls who he says are his entire life. As silly as it sounds he enjoys reading Disney books (who doesn’t).
He also enjoys rock hunting and fishing when he can grab a few minutes for himself.
Trevon brings a big smile to the pick-up and delivery team as well as one of the team members that does an amazing job cleaning your area rugs.
When Trevon is not driving the truck, he spends time outside working out as well as he enjoys going to the gym, one would say he is a bit of a “workout” freak.
Before working for HK, Trevon worked at Quality Stitching doing embroidery and screen printing, as a matter of fact, he in the past was the person to do our HammondKnoll shirts!
Joe does a little bit of everything for HK, he is currently working in the tile department. Joe brings a positive, get it done attitude to the team.
Joe absolutely adores his girlfriend and children, he spends all the time he possibly can with them.
Joe loves cars and fishing.
When you meet Joe, it’s nearly impossible not to catch his happiness.
Ben rocks our carpet cleaning and repair, tile cleaning and upholstery cleaning team (AKA Jack of all trades).
Ben has been cleaning carpets for well over 10 years as well as has been certified for many of our services.
On his off time, he enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with his adorable Pitbull Milo.
Next time he is out in your home, ask him where his favorite hiking spots are.
Derrick is our fearless leader for the in-plant rug wash and upholstery cleaning department. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his best friend – his beautiful wife. He also is currently training to compete in a Crossfit, power lifting (bench press) and maybe Oly lifting competitions early next year. The thing he most enjoys about working with the HK team is he loves to constantly improve ways to do his and his teammates jobs better.
Vincent is part of our awesome rug fabrication department, it’s truly magical what he does to bring carpets and rugs back to life or give them new life by applying an edging to the carpet.
When Vincent is not working he spends time making many wonderful memories with his daughter. He also loves working on cars both mechanical and detailing them inside and out.
Vincent has a cute little chihuahua-shih tzu mixed name Pika aaahhh that is too adorable.
Allan is on our pick-up and delivery crew as well as assists with rug wash and various other services (he really is unstoppable).
When Allan is away from work he fishes, hunts, cooks and takes care of his wonderful girlfriend and family-which he feels blessed to have in his life.
He has a Frenchie Bulldog named Frankie (oh Frankie).
He also collects vintage matchbooks and playing cards.