Concord Hardwood Plant Completed, Production Starting Early
Concord, CA, June 22, 2020-The Concord Flooring Manufacturing plant is John Lee’s fifth factory to be built in California, and, despite the many challenges it has faced, it is now set to start production early.
Almost all the equipment is custom designed; John Lee, president of Concord Flooring Manufacturing, has been working on his own unique ideas for years and has collaborated with a team of engineers to create the state-of-the-art, in-line, and automated factory ever designed for production. Most of the manufacturing equipment is unique and revolutionary, the speed and efficiency cannot be matched by any engineered floor manufacturer around the world. The moe than 103,000 square foot building houses the entire process under one roof, and capable of producing up to 80,000 square foot a day.
The complete in-house manufacturing line starts with slicing the veneer to the precise thickness and then adhering it to the requested width of board. All boards go through an automated inline process where the boards are then sanded, routed, wire brushed, hand distressed and then stained. The staining is custom to the color of choice and matched by our Sherwin Williams staff located in their own lab on premises. Every stain is programmed into the system for future 99.9% optimum match. The factory is capable of doing nine base coats and three top coatings with UV curing at each stage.
From start to finish, the completely automated line is programmed to manufacture every stage of production, right up to shrink wrapping, packaging and placing it on the pallet. The robotics can handle almost every stage of the process, moving it along the production line without having human involvement.
Lee had previously planned to manufacture in China and distribute brand, ArteMundi USA, while also manufacturing other known private brands for customers here in the USA. After huge anti-dumping duties were assessed and a 25% tariff added on, Lee changed direction and decided on building here in the U.S. The several delays allowed him the opportunity to build an even bigger and better factory with the most advanced capabilities. With the factory ready for production, and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the company will be offering tours of its facility to those who would like to consider us manufacturing their private brands. We will not be manufacturing our own brands, nor compete with our customers. Customers can ship their proprietary boards, and the company will make the samples.