Our team prides itself on building and maintaining long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. From private landowners, logging crews, buyers, and distributors, we are committed to serving our customers with expert lumber and forestry services. We are active in our communities and support numerous state and national trade associations. Education is an important component of what we do. Our team hosts numerous events throughout the year, including our bi-annual Kretz Forestry Field Days Festival, where hundreds of private landowners convene onsite for a day of hands-on learning.
With over 80 years of forest stewardship and timber expertise, Kretz Lumber Company ensures quality throughout our entire manufacturing process – from the forest to the finished product. Our hardwoods are sustainably harvested from the abundant resources of the Great Lakes region. Short growing seasons, cold weather, and rich glacial soils produce lumber revered for its tight grain pattern and uniformity of color. Our forestry services team manages over 7,500 acres of corporate woodlands and thousands of acres of private and publicly owned land. We take our role as stewards of the natural resources seriously and are committed to utilizing sustainable forest management practices in our daily work.
Production capacityTo maximize utilization of our forest resource and control quality, we operate:
- 14 dry kilns, with a capacity in excess of 13 million board feet annually
- 48,000 square foot planing and ripping manufacturing facility that surfaces hard maple, soft maple, red oak, basswood, white ash, and birch
- Global distribution network, including a trucking fleet delivering raw material and finished goods
In 2002 the company was organized as a 100% Employee Owned Company through the mechanism of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. With this structure, each of our 80+ employees has a stake in the business. Our customers’ success leads to each team member’s success and therefore encourages us more than anyone to continually produce high quality products and offer exceptional service.