Companies in this industry make wood flooring products. Major companies include Armstrong Flooring, Mohawk Industries, Shaw Industries, and Wood Flooring International (all based in the US), along with A&W (Shanghai) Woods (China), Goodfellow and Tembec (both of Canada), and Tarkett (France).
Demand for wood flooring is closely tied to residential construction and remodeling activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing machinery and raw materials. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing.
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Wood flooring is milled from hardwoods, principally oak but also maple, ash, beech, birch, pecan, walnut, hickory, and others. Oak is popular due to its hardness, low cost, appearance, and wide availability; red oak accounts for about 40% of wood flooring sales.