Burns, Tenn.—The family behind American OEM and Hearthwood Floors has a long-standing legacy of manufacturing quality engineered wood floors in America. Keeping manufacturing in the United States is a central tenant of the company’s promise to provide their customers with the most beautifully designed, highest quality products and responsive service possible.
For over 80-years, the Finkell/Anderson family has been committed to producing hardwood flooring in the United States and continues that commitment in a time where imported material has become the industry norm. In the last 10 years, Asian production of hardwood flooring has slowly increased, going from around 15% being imported in 2008 to more than 50% today. Even in such a difficult economic climate, the leadership at American OEM and Hearthwood has remained dedicated to “Made in America.”
“We are extremely proud to produce our flooring right here in the United States,” said Allie Finkell, executive vice president at Hearthwood, and great granddaughter of Andy Anderson, the inventor of engineered wood flooring in 1938. “Our legacy over the past four generations includes manufacturing everything from plywood to veneer to flooring in our domestic facilities. By doing so, we can maximize control over quality and service so our customers know they are receiving a superior product and the shortest lead times.”
Currently, there are no specific country of origin label requirements at the point of sale, so it can be very difficult to determine where products are made. “Made in America” is a prestigious designation because it requires “all or virtually all” of the components be of U.S. origin, and the manufacturing must be done on U.S. soil. At American OEM and Hearthwood, all of the wood sent to the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant is grown in the U.S., and all parts of the process are completed under the same roof in the company’s plant outside of Nashville, Tenn., to earn the “Made in America” label.
The mill features the longest wood floor finishing line in the world, to produce lengths up to 8 feet, as well as wide widths in a variety of species and platforms. It is flexible in the constructions it can produce, ranging from veneer core to HDF core, topped with sawn, sliced or rotary face veneers. Limitless design capabilities are achieved through a talented, hands-on workforce and industry leading staining techniques for every color of the spectrum. The American OEM/Hearthwood facility is efficient, and therefore has capacity to accommodate increases in the demand for domestically produced engineered wood flooring.