Arte Mundi USA has rebranded to Concord Flooring and expanded its engineered hardwood floor manufacturing into the U.S. with a 103,000-square-foot facility at its headquarters in Corona, Calif.
The company is installing a custom, automated production line at the new facility and estimates it will manufacture 40,000 square feet per day by November, with plans to increase production to approximately 90,000 square feet by the end of the year. All of its manufacturing will cater to private label for OEM and ODM customers.
The Arte Mundi brand was introduced to the American market from China two years ago, but anti-dumping duty and import tariff increases between the U.S. and China caused the company to stop importing the brand and evaluate the U.S.-China trade situation, after which it determined it would build its own plant in the U.S., announcing its plans in December 2018.
“It was not an easy choice to build the first plant in California, but it made sense to start here, where we live and where we presently have most of our business,” Concord Flooring President and Owner John Lee said in a statement. The company plans continued expansion in the U.S., with three more production lines operational by 2021.