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Wilsonart Laminate Flooring Manufacturing Discontinued: What Now?

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Wilsonart laminate flooring manufacturing was discontinued in October of 2010 leaving many former customers looking for Wilsonart laminate flooring. Yet, many of the innovations that were developed continue to be built upon today.

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Having produced high pressure laminate products since the 1950’s, this global industrial corporation began as Ralph Wilson Plastics Company in Temple, Texas. Like many retirees, Mr. Wilson, a former executive in the laminate industry, set out simply to fill his time.

Dedicated employees, coupled with a commitment to excellence in manufacturing and customer satisfaction, resulted in rapid growth throughout the sixties and seventies. Expansion within the United States in the 1980’s and 1990’s, then international acquisitions in Asia and Europe grew Wilsonart into a $10 billion manufacturer and distributor. How did the company get into the laminate flooring business?

Where did laminate flooring come from?

Laminate flooring was born out of the laminate countertop business. It seems a natural progression that an inexpensive, waterproof, dent and scratch resistant product available in an array of colors and patterns would find its way from the countertop to the floor. Having blossomed from humble beginnings in Europe during the 1960’s, laminate flooring would not find its niche in the United States until the 1980’s and into the nineties.

During that time, Wilsonart laminate flooring is offered in woodgrains to simulate hardwood flooring and in tiles with a subtle mottled effect that mimic a variety of materials including stone, slate and porcelain. Wilsonart touts itself as the exclusive manufacturer of high pressure laminates and promised that its HPL construction produced a higher quality product than that sold by their competitors.

Wilsonart flooring: an end of an era

In 1996, U.S. based Wilsonart shipped its first shipment of laminate flooring. One year earlier, Wilsonart International purchased a 140 thousand square foot building on 15.5 acres of land in Temple, Texas as the site for its flooring manufacturing plant.

On August 16, 2010, an announcement was posted on wilsonart flooring.com that the last day of manufacturing of Wilsonart laminate flooring would occur on October 29, 2010. On December 3, 2010 the Wilsonart laminate flooring office and plant on Center St. in Temple, Texas closed its doors and discontinued business. Today, Wilsonart concentrates on their core business of laminate countertops.

Looking for Wilsonart laminate flooring

Since Wilsonart laminate flooring manufacturing was discontinued, many former customers have been seeking it out. This has created a community of people sharing information about leftover boxes, and selling leftover planks of the products to each other via eBay and craigslist over the years.

If you’re looking for Wilsonart laminate flooring yourself, you can read the extensive comments below this post for a place to start.

Alternatives to Wilsonart laminate flooring

Beyond finding an exact match to a specific color and pattern of laminate flooring made by Wilsonart, there are other options open to homeowners five years after the products were discontinued. The industry has since evolved in leaps and bounds in all kinds of arenas when it comes to long-lasting laminate floors.

This means a wider selection of products that reflect a greater attention to detail for both color variation and surface patterning. Even the details of pattern and texture have been matched up to create a more believable natural surface than ever before. It’s now more difficult than ever for the untrained eye to tell the difference between a laminate surface and a natural one.

Browse for new laminate flooring

Even options for board widths have expanded, which allows homeowners to get a more extensive selection of looks in addition to more colors and patterning. From the sleek narrow-style boards to the wider, more European style boards, there is a laminate floor to match any home decor plan these days.

In addition, modern laminate floors are sturdier, and even stand up to a greater degree of moisture exposure. This means that they can be installed in a wider variety of spaces without fear of moisture damage and other environmental effects.

Better than ever

What Wilsonart laminate flooring helped to pioneer for floor surfaces is being continued today, and better than ever in terms of look, durability, and practicality. When you’re looking for Wilsonart laminate flooring and come up dry, the good news is that there are other options that represent an evolution in modern flooring to suit you, and still at an affordable price point.

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[This post was updated January 2016]

 









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Rob served as BuildDirect's marketing manager from 2000 to 2010. In addition to heading up his own marketing company these days, he remains to be a handy guy around the house to this day.

337 Comments

  1. I am looking for 2 boxes of WilsonArt W3000110 in the MESQUITE color. Can anyone please help!??!?!

  2. I need as many boxes of wilsonart Harvest Oak W3000033 as you have please please contact me via e-mail

    • I have I think 20 unopened Wilsonart Harvest Oak. If you are still interested in these please let me know asap. I was about to install it, after storing it for 10 years, when I began to check availabity of extra in case I needed more. In doing so I eventually ran across ur post. Feel free to call me at 903-399-2683 if I can help you out.
      Thanks
      Jarrod

      • Randy Cunico Reply to Randy

        Jarrod,
        Is there any chance you still have any of the Wilsonart Harvest Oak left? I only need 1 package. I will try calling you tomorrow also.

      • presently have Wilsonart Harvest Oak in kitchen. Would like to extend to living area. Requires 12 boxes to cover 13×17 area. (238 sq ft)

        Do you still have available and cost per sq. ft.

        Thank you

  3. I am looking for the Verde fossil it’s a grey/blue color. If anyone has any left over please email me! Thank you

  4. Looking for a box of wilsonart w2000222 Finders acacia please email me at roliver9120@hotmail.com or call 239 898 0447

  5. I am looking for ANY tiles of Wilsonart W1000114. Color says is “Sabbio.” Please please please email me if you have any!! Thank you!

  6. I am looking for boxes of Wilsonart w3000026 Carolina Ash. Please let me know if you have any.
    Thanks

  7. Brian Miller Reply to Brian

    Looking for any boxes of discontinued Wilsonart laminate flooring model W3000033 – harvest oak.

    Thanks

  8. Looking for a few boxes of wilsonart W3000033.

    Call me at 712-212-1053 or email milbris1@aol.com

    Thanks

  9. Does anyone have a list of the designs produced on 4/26/2000? The only pieces I was willing to pull up had just the patent #. Its a dark wood grain. I need 2 or more boxes.

  10. Annmarie McDevitt Reply to Annmarie

    Looking g for 10 boxes of Wilsinart Bentwood Oak classic 2011-71 any information on this product would greatly help!

  11. Robert & Marcia Quinn Reply to Robert

    We are lookink for at least one box of 9012 wilsonart duo-link richland oak laminate flooring any amount will help I might be able to get what I need with one or two partial cases any help would be greatly appreciated

  12. Sharon Gozur Reply to Sharon

    Looking for discontinued Classic Wilsonart Harvest Oak Laminate W1000032. I will take any that you have left! Please e-mail me.
    Thanks!

  13. Maureen Nowaczyk Reply to Maureen

    I am looking for wilsonart cottage oak flooring. Can anybody help?

  14. stacie van dam Reply to stacie

    i am hoping to locate one or two boxes of Wilsonart Estate Plus Hazelnut Birch flooring. My fridge leaked and ruined a section of my floor and the area is over 650 sf. I dont want to replace the entire room….i will take new or used, i dont even care!! Thanks.

  15. As with many I am looking for the Wilsonart Harvest oak to complete a living room hallway and bedroom. I really hate to redo my existing rroms because I cannot find this product. Thank you

  16. I am looking for Wilsonart Light Rustic Oak #3000031…any amount would be greatly appreciated……please call Brian or Gayle at 604-795-3094…..thanks

  17. In need of Fireside Maple. My poor floors were the victim of an overflowed bath.

    Please contact me if anyone is a few boxes. 504.416.3747

  18. I’m looking for as many boxes that I can find of the wilsonart laminate wood flooring #w1000037 northern birch. 2040-71. Please email me if anyone has for sale. Thank you.

  19. Looking for burled cherry W3000165. Despirately need several boxes. Anyone have any out there?

    772 486 9716

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