Our Milling Process
Beginning in the forest, we work directly with land owners to ensure the proper care of their land. Our forestry practices are designed to help maintain healthy forests for many future generations. Midwest Hardwood Corporation was one of the first companies in North America to receive FSC certification by the SmartWood Program (SW–COC–08) and become green certified.
Once harvested, some of the best logs are sold for veneer, some are directly exported, but most go through one of Midwest’s three sawmills in Wisconsin. Like all of our companies, the mills are individual profit centers and each finds the best market for the green lumber, veneer logs, and pallet cants. Combined, the mills generate 43 million board feet of hardwood lumber each year.
Since 1939, Meister Log and Lumber has been harvesting timber from forests in southwestern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota, northern Illinois and Iowa. During 2003 and 2004, the mill was completely rebuilt with state-of-the art machinery and equipment.
We pride ourselves in our ability to offer the marketplace premium hardwood that comes from Northern forests. We purchase all Northern hardwood species—veneer logs, sawlogs, timber and timberlands.
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Since 1990, Park Falls Hardwoods has been harvesting timber from central and northern Wisconsin (north of Hwy 10), the upper peninsula of Michigan, and Eastern Minnesota. We are a grade lumber mill, processing approximately eleven million board feet of hardwood sawlogs each year. We purchase Hard Maple, Red Oak, Soft Maple, Black Ash, White Ash, Basswood, Yellow Birch, White Birch, Black Cherry, White Oak, Black Oak, Hickory, and Black Walnut sawlogs and veneer logs.
Our foresters and log buyers participate in the Sustainable Forest Initiative, which was developed to ensure proper forest management and conservation. We are also involved with the Cooperating Forester Program in Wisconsin and Michigan. This program was established by the Department of Natural Resources, and guarantees that proper forest management techniques are used.
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Since 2006, Buffalo Lumber & Tie, Fountain City, WI has been harvesting and processing timber from Central and Southern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois. Buffalo's specialty is Northern Black Walnut. The Northern Black Walnut sawn by Buffalo Lumber & Tie is known around the world for its consistent color, tight grain, attractive small ingrown knots, and smaller sap content when compared to mid-continent Walnut from other areas of the United States.
At Buffalo we purchase large volumes of Northern Black Walnut, Red Oak, White Oak, Black Oak, Hard Maple, Soft Maple, Hickory, Black Cherry,White Ash, Basswood, and Yellow Birch sawlogs and veneer logs. At our mill state-of-the-art thin kerf sawing equipment is used to recover the maximum amount of lumber from each saw log. We also promote the best use of our timber resources through wide reaching programs that market each log into the market offering us the best return. By doing so this makes us one of the most competitive buyers of standing timber and logs in all the areas where we operate.