Besse Forest Products Group Acquired by Hoffman Family of Companies

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HFOC) announces its acquisition of Besse Forest Products Group (Besse), a longstanding family-run company in the wood products manufacturing business. HFOC says this strategic move adds to the company’s portfolio, complementing their existing Ferche Millwork operations. With more than two million square feet of production facilities and a workforce of more than 1,400 people, HFOC believes the combined strength of Besse and Ferche positions the company as a significant player in the wood products manufacturing industry.

Besse Forest Products Group operates a network of sawmills, wood drying facilities, and veneer and plywood factories across northern Michigan and Wisconsin. The company, founded in 1966, has remained 100 percent family-owned, growing from a modest workforce to employing hundreds of individuals across the United States.

“We are excited to partner with Besse as they enter a new chapter under the Hoffmann Family of Companies umbrella,” said Geoff Hoffmann, co-CEO of HFOC. “Our commitment to growth and excellence in manufacturing drives every decision we make. With the acquisition of Besse Forest Products Group, we’re not just expanding our footprint but building on a legacy that spans generations.”

Greg Besse, CEO and owner of Besse Forest Products Group, stated, “The decision to join forces with the Hoffmann Family of Companies was based on their exceptional brand and reputation as a well-run family business. We believe this partnership will not only modernize our operations but also ensure that our legacy continues to thrive.”

Besse Forest Products Group, a manufacturer of Northern hardwood veneer, lumber, and specialty plywood, has supplied products for cabinets, doors, flooring, furniture, industrial pallets, millwork, musical instruments, railroad ties, sporting goods, wall panels, windows, and other wood products used worldwide.

Besse Forest Products Group operates 10 manufacturing facilities in the United States, including four veneer mills, four sawmills, one lumber drying concentration yard, and one cut-to-size plywood mill. Greg Besse will continue in his role as CEO of the Besse Forest Products Group.

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