Anderson Hardwood Floors (Clinton, S.C.) has stopped shipping wood flooring produced using prison labor into Canada, according to a memorandum from Melmart Distributors Inc. addressed to dealers of Anderson’s Appalachian, Virginia Vintage, Biltmore and eponymous brands.
Anderson has not indicated which flooring lines are affected by the stoppage; however, Melmart wrote in its memorandum that the following lines are not manufactured using prison labor and are, therefore, still available in Canada: Brevard; Bryson/Smoky Mountain; Casitablanca; Coastal Range; Jack’s Creek/Eagleton; Southern Vista; Urban Pioneer.
Under Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Memorandum D9-1-6, “Goods Manufactured or Produced Wholly or in Part by Prison Labour,” the importation of goods manufactured or produced wholly or in part by prison labor is prohibited. Read more here.
Date: January 11, 2012