NHM: Who’s Who April 24

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Ben Johnson and Jesse Jonson

Ben Johnson and Jesse Johnson are owners of White River Hardwoods, located in Fayetteville, AR.

White River Hardwoods purchases over two million board feet of Poplar, Clear and Knotty Alder, Red and White Oak, Walnut, Hickory, Cherry, and quartersawn Oak (mostly FAS, 4/4 through 8/4, 6 to 8 percent and rough) per year for use in manufacturing. The company product list includes embellished Hardwood and MDF mouldings, hand carved woodcarvings, mantels, custom doors and coffered ceilings.  New products for 2024 include solid and flexible Tambour, Plaster and additional architectural products to fill out our category.    

Additional species handled include Sapele, Mahogany and pine. White River also offers embossing, ripsaw, sanding and design services.

Ben handles sales and marketing for White River Hardwoods, while Jesse oversees production and purchasing of lumber. With a combined 60+ years of knowledge, Jesse and Ben are 2nd generation and enjoy the comradery of a family-owned business.  Founders Bruce and Joan Johnson are still active in the business, Joan heads up the Design Service Team and Bruce enjoys talking with customers.  “We have a great team and enjoy working in the building and trades industry,” said a company representative.

White River will be adding new Weinig Moulder and oversized CAMaster CNC for added manufacturing and capabilities.  The company also offers priming and sanding of their Hardwood moulding program; this is an added value to their customers as it saves time and money when the millwork package hits the job.  White River is a stocking manufacturer and also distributes and imports allowing for a large footprint of products and resources to our diverse customer base.  

According to a company spokesperson, their award-winning Desing Services is a program that they have offered for 15+ years. They have also mastered the art of working with Design and Trade to help with design and specification and keep the look and time frame moving forward. The company has a team of architectural millwork designers that can go from a simple mantel to a beamed ceiling to entire trim package with paneled walls. Contact White River Hardwoods at 1-800-558-0119 or for more information visit www.WhiteRiver.com, www.Mouldings.com and www.TambourTouch.com.

Jonas H. Esh

Jonas H. Esh is general manager and partner at Country Value Woodworks, located in New Providence, PA.

Country Value Woodworks is a manufacturer of Hardwood furniture for every room in the home. The company purchases an annual volume of over 400,000 board feet of Red Oak, Soft Maple, Hickory, Cherry, with grades including FAS and No. 1 Common (4/4 and 8/4). Rustic woods are also used and are currently very popular. The company has been testing waterborne stains and finishes in order to be environmentally conscious. They hope to have this line rolled out by the end of 2024. 

The company was founded in 1990 on Esh’s family farm as a manufacturer of Mission style furniture and has since expanded to numerous styles. Using a lean technology principle, Country Value Woodworks offers the ability to build all furniture to order in a variety of species, stains and customization options.

Country Value Woodworks is a member of the Wood Products Manufacturers Association.

Esh is married to Sara Ann and the couple have five sons and three daughters.

For more information contact 717-786-7949.

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Nick Kueber is the chief executive officer at Two Inlets Mill & Building Supply Inc., located in Park Rapids, MN.

Two Inlets is a manufacturer of flooring, siding and millwork, purchasing 200,000 board feet annually of Ash, Birch, Red Oak, Basswood and Aspen (all grades, primarily 3/4, air-dried and S4S). Additional species purchased include spruce, tamarack and pine.

The company started as a retailer of flooring, siding and millwork in 1975 after being founded as a sawmill in 1969. “Our main focus is specialty products,”  Kueber said. “This includes wood siding, interior wood paneling and Hardwood flooring.”

Kueber began working at Two Inlets Mill & Building Supply in 1991, having previously worked as a carpenter and home builder. Kueber has two children and enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time.

Additional information can be found at www.twoinletmills.com.

By Miller Wood Trade Publications

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