Mohawk wants additional import tariff on hardwood floors from China

Calhoun, Ga.-based Mohawk Industries is the largest flooring manufacturer in the world.

The world's biggest floorcovering manufacturer wants President Trump to slap an additional 25 percent tariff on four major types of hardwood floors imported from China to help protect U.S. manufacturing jobs.

But others in the floorcovering industry are not so eager for such trade protectionism.

photo In this 2014 staff file photo, Jeffrey Lorberbaum, CEO of Mohawk Industries, speaks to the Chattanooga Rotary Club at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Mohawk Industries, the Calhoun, Ga.-based carpet and hardwood floors maker headed by Chattanooga billionaire Jeff Lorberbaum, has asked the U.S. Trade Representative to impose import duties on Chinese-made ceramic, laminated wood, plastic and particle board flooring. In response to the Trump administration's review of Chinese imports and their impact on America, Mohawk sent a letter in early May to U.S.