Olde Wood Ltd., a luxury reclaimed hardwood flooring company, is announcing the launch of their new plywood manufacturing company, Re-Core, which specializes in producing high-quality, American made plywood.
Olde Wood Ltd. says many of their customers purchase solid hardwood flooring, however, approximately half of the customers purchase an engineered hardwood product consisting of a 4mm thin veneer of their wood flooring adhered to a ¾” or ⅝” piece of Baltic birch plywood. Over the past decade, their large commercial customer base has increased the demand for their engineered hardwood flooring. During the pandemic, the company says it became more challenging to purchase plywood from American distributors.
Tommy Sancic, owner and founder of Olde Wood, went directly to manufacturers in Russia, ordering Baltic birch plywood to keep up with the demand. However, when ports were shut down in the height of the pandemic, hundreds of containers of Baltic birch plywood were left floating in shipping containers across the Pacific Ocean, with no end in sight. According to Sancic, the company was able to secure enough plywood to finish orders through the first quarter of 2023, but no more. Rather than panic, he put a plan into motion to create an American made core plywood product.
After meeting with engineers and equipment manufacturers, specialty equipment was designed and recently installed at the company’s Magnolia, Ohio, facility that will produce one panel of plywood every 18 seconds. This means processes are now fully controlled within Olde Wood Ltd.’s own facility, with no reliance on foreign made materials. They say this European inspired manufacturing line is only the second of its kind in the United States and the first in Ohio.
Since 1997, Olde Wood has milled more than 15 million feet of hardwood floors that are installed in custom homes and businesses across the globe. For more information, visit oldewoodltd.com.