Countertops and other surfaces are like blank canvases for Wilsonart International. The company, which is a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works, makes laminated and solid countertops for commercial and residential applications. Its laminate and solid surface products are used for counters and tables: laminate products adhere to existing surfaces; stone-like solid surface products (Gibraltar and Earthstone) are structural. The company also offers a line of adhesives, cleaning products, and trim products. In 2010 Wilsonart discontinued its flooring business and cast sink products.
The company made the decision to exit the flooring business due to the sluggish economy, which drove down demand for construction products. The company also faced stiff competition from cheaper flooring products manufactured in other countries. Wilsonart's US-made high pressure laminate flooring was priced higher and consumers opted for less expensive brands during the recession.
The announcement followed an attempt by Wilsonart's parent to sell the company. In 2008 Illinois Tool Works announced plans to sell Wilsonart but canceled those plans the following year.
Wilsonart has 200 distributors around the world. The firm has US a manufacturing facilities in Temple, Texas and Fletcher, North Carolina. It has a network of 15 warehouse facilities in North America. It also has manufacturing and distribution facilities in China, Germany, Thailand, and the UK