Dallas – “Unilin remains focused on delivering the quality products and strong service that customers have come to expect from our brands,” said Shane Calloway, vice president of North American independent distribution sales for Unilin. “Unfortunately, rising lumber, veneer, and transportation costs have outgrown our productivity initiatives,” said Calloway. “As a result, Unilin is announcing a price increase, up to 6%, on engineered hardwood products in the Columbia and Century hardwood lines, effective January 1, 2013.”
(The price increase previously announced has now expanded from select engineered hardwood to all engineered hardwood products.)
For the second time this year, hardwood flooring suppliers have raised prices, and with limited lumber supply, rising raw materials costs and cash-flow constraints for sawmills, another round of hikes are likely.
In May, Armstrong and Mohawk announced 6% increases that took effect in July. This followed similar raises in March by many manufacturers. And “we may not be done,” according to Daniel Call, vice president, wood product management, Armstrong. Since the company’s last price increase, lumber and energy prices have continued to rise dramatically. “Appalachian and southern oak in typical flooring grades are up 10% to 15%. Kiln-dried lumber prices are up 20% to 30% on the open market.” Continue reading Hardwood suppliers see more price hikes on horizon