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Our History

In the early 1940s brothers Ted and Ernie Manthei were strawberry farmers who wanted to save money by making their own fruit baskets.

In their pursuit of this cost-cutting idea they purchased a “basket making machine” which mistakenly turned out to be a veneer lathe. So they began manufacturing and selling veneer instead of growing strawberries.

By combining vision, diligence, and attention to craftsmanship Manthei Wood Products has risen from humble beginnings to a national leader in precision hardwood face veneers.

Today, with over 100 employees, Manthei Wood Products is owned and operated by the third generation of the Manthei family, which provides experience along with creative thinking in forging new paths while continually improving on existing ones.

We are proud to be one of the few remaining family-owned veneer mills in North America, and as a family, we understand the value of commitment and integrity. We believe that superior service is invaluable, therefore we work hard to provide the flexibility and product diversity that best serves our customers.

That’s why for over 75 years we have offered our customers the highest quality veneer products available and remain committed to working with the changing needs of plywood, flooring, and furniture manufacturers around the world.

Our Mission

At Manthei Wood Products, our work impacts people. Our Mission is to maximize the God-given potential of our team

members and forest resources so that our families, communities, and world flourish.

We believe in our core values.

Putting Others First 

We do unto others as we would have done to us. We are aware of what other’s needs are and try to be considerate of that, regardless of how they respond.


We work together to accomplish more than we could on our own. We hold ourselves responsible to the team and give credit where credit is due.

Continuous Improvement 

Good enough is never good enough. We must continually learn, grow, innovate, and get better at what we do.

Follow Through

We do what we say we are going to do. We are responsible, honest, and transparent, and we keep our commitments.

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