Mohawk Industries (MHK)

Frank Boykin CFO
Jeff Lorberbaum CEO
Chris Wellborn COO
Bob Wetenhall RBC Capital
Stephen Kim Evercore ISI
Mike Dahl Barclays
Susan Maklari Credit Suisse
John Baugh Stifel
Mike Wood Nomura Instinet
John Lovallo Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sam Eisner Goldman Sachs
Laura Champine Roe Equity Research
Kathryn Thompson Thompson Research Group
Keith Hughes SunTrust
David MacGregor Longbow Research
Stephen East Wells Fargo
Tim Wojs Baird
Eric Bosshard Cleveland Research
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Good morning. My name is Craig and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Mohawk Industries' Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer period. reminder, Friday, gentlemen, October a being conference As today, recorded XX, Instructions] ladies this and is [Operator XXXX. Thank you. I Mr. would introduce like to Boykin. Frank Mr. Frank your Boykin, begin you conference. may

Frank Boykin

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Jeff Lorberbaum

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Chris Wellborn

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Frank Boykin

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Jeff Lorberbaum

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