AHF Products has completed the expansion of its Cambodian engineered wood flooring manufacturing capabilities to offset the impact of tariffs and duties on imports from China. This expansion includes sliced and sawn face visuals.
Tariffs and duties are forms of taxes imposed by the government on goods that are imported from another country. How they impact multilayered wood flooring (any flooring that has two or more plies of wood with a core) should be on high on every flooring retailer’s radar, according to Brian Carson, CEO and President, AHF Products.
According to AHF Products, retailers can help protect their business – and margins – by getting up to speed on current tariffs and duties and carefully reviewing their product portfolio for wood flooring products likely to be impacted. For example, according to AHF General Legal Counsel Jennifer Zimmerman, the recently announced Antidumping Duty increased from zero to 42.57%. Since the rate for the past two years has been zero, this duty may be off most retailers’ radar. AHF Products estimates 55-65% of the U.S. engineered wood flooring market imported from China may be significantly impacted by this new duty rate.
“Our team stands ready to work with customers to provide the best flooring solutions from our own U.S. plants and our Cambodian facility, all of which are tariff and duty-free,” said Carson. “Although increased prices due to the tariff are unavoidable for certain flooring purchases from China, we are committed to helping our channel partners find opportunities to mitigate the impact.”
With the LM Flooring acquisition, AHF Products added a Cambodian manufacturing plant and immediately doubled the manufacturing volume from 12 to 24 thousand square feet. “Our new additional Cambodian capacity allows us to expand sliced and sawn face product offerings with our customers. We will be further growing the footprint of this plant in 2020 to the tune of 50 thousand square feet of total capacity,” said Mike Bell, Chief Operating Officer.
Considering the current challenges associated with tariffs and duties, AHF Products offers a significant degree of certainty to serving customers with its strong domestic manufacturing capabilities and scale. This includes greater product control, faster lead time, lower transportation costs, predictable prices, and a Made-in-the-USA story. “Our domestic facilities provide best-in-class service, designs, quality and performance to our customers,” said Carson.
With six manufacturing operations across the United States, AHF Products proudly manufactures 100% of its solid hardwood flooring in the USA, along with a large offering of engineered hardwood flooring. AHF Products’ manufacturing legacy in the United States goes all the way back to 1884 under the Bruce Brand. Its additional flooring brands include Hartco, LM Flooring, Robbins, HomerWood and Capella.
About AHF Products
AHF Products is the leader in hardwood flooring with a family of strong brands serving the residential and commercial markets. With decades of experience in award-winning wood flooring design, innovation, product development, manufacturing and service, we improve the quality of people’s lives through great products and a deep commitment to outstanding customer service. Our hardwood flooring brands include Bruce, Armstrong Flooring, Homerwood, Capella, T. Morton and Robbins. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with manufacturing operations across the United States, AHF Products employs over 1,700 dedicated team members.