Karlson Hardwood Floors was established in 2008 with the vision of creating beautiful and affordable hardwood flooring for hardworking Americans, just like ourselves. We use the highest quality wood available to create elegant and timeless looks that you and your family will cherish. Since our family’s humble beginnings into the floor covering industry over 50 years ago, we have remained focused on producing the highest quality products available. Karlson Hardwood Floors are made from natural resources that are harvested, milled and finished in the United States.
Quality is often times taken for granted or just expected to be acceptable no matter the price or the country of origin. At Karlson Hardwood Floors, every product we produce is inspected at multiple stages of the production and finishing process. We are proud to offer the finest in custom designed stair parts and most architectural wood products. We are committed to producing the very best products available in American manufacturing. By purchasing your flooring, stair parts and other wood products from Karlson Hardwood Floors, you can rest assured that you are doing your part to keep Americans working.
About Keith Ritter, President & CEO
My Father Gerald Ritter began his long career at the age of 18 when his father took him to a converted cattle barn in N. Alabama just weeks after graduating from high school. He would become the sixth employee and this would be the beginning of 45 years of dedication to the floor covering industry and 45 years dedication to the company known as the pioneer of the vinyl floor tile and plank industry. My father was part of creating and building a segment of the floor covering industry that was non-existent until Mr. Stanley Robbins began using his genius to create vinyl tiles, rather than selling in sheets known as sheet vinyl. Over the following years, my fathers dedication to the company and the employees of National Floor Products Company (known as Nafco by Tarkett today) would lead to him managing over 450 employees during the 70’s, 80’ and 90’s before his retirement in 2005. My father was Director of Manufacturing and Plant Manager during his last 20+ years and I chose the path of sales/marketing/design.
In March of 2002, I made a decision to leave the corrugated packaging industry and become a part of the Nafco by Tarkett team. In my first position with the company I was the District Sales Manager for the Southeastern United States. I traveled and worked with flooring distributors and dealers across 13 states from Arkansas to Virginia to Miami,Florida. After 1 full year, I was promoted to Regional Sales Manager covering 32 states and Canada. A year and a half later I was promoted to Director of National Accounts for all of Tarkett NA. This included Tarkett Wood (my start into the wood flooring industry), Domco by Tarkett, Tarkett Commercial, Azrock Commercial, Nafco by Tarkett and Tarkett Residential. I was responsible for managing all of our National Accounts for N. America.
In October 2008, I began putting together a plan for a hardwood flooring company while weighing the pro’s and con’s of leaving my job with my current employer to venture out on my own during the worst economic times we had seen since the great depression. It was a very difficult decision to weigh out, especially during these economically challenging times, however, I wanted to be apart of creating something that would help to rebuild America and produce the best available wood flooring and related products in North America.
Karlson Hardwood Floors has grown from a vision in 2008 to a growing family owned company in 2013. We offer protected territories and relationships with our dealers and distributors across North America. I believe relationships and honesty with our dealers and partners across the United States and Canada will continue to help both Karlson Hardwood Floors and our exclusive dealer network become one of the best known flooring producers in N. America over the next few years. Our mission has always been the same: To offer unique and affordable products to our customers, while maintaining the highest standards of excellence in manufacturing and quality. We believe in supporting our country, our family, and the qualities that helped us to become such a great Nation. Karlson Hardwood Floors will always be focused on being apart of the solution, rather than being apart of the problem.
As a family owned company, we are committed to offering unique and affordable wood floors to our customers, while maintaining our high standards of excellence as a manufacturer. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 404.422.2264 for more information.