Kettle Moraine Hardwoods
Kettle Moraine Hardwoods
We are a Southeastern Wisconsin sawmill and dry kiln company producing quality hardwoods for sale to all. We operate two stores serving the Milwaukee, Chicago and Northern Illinois areas. We offer a wide variety of domestic and imported woods. Manufacturer of the finest in affordable, wooden poker, game and card tables for home and recreation use and wooden folding chairs for the party rental market.
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In September of 1986 Wally and Bob Wesp purchased the sawmill/dry kiln property on US Hwy 41 between Slinger and Allenton Wisconsin. The buildings had been built in 1955 and had always served the wholesale market with native hardwoods from this area. It had been idle for 5 years. The plan was to resume the previous type of operation, but a steady stream of visitors going by on the highway who would see the sawmill would stop and ask to buy hardwood lumber. This convinced us that a retail market existed for our product and we established a store to accommodate the demand. In 1989 Bob’s brother Jim joined the operation after selling a previous business he had started and run for 13 years. After all, Wally had retired once after working for over 30 years with AT&T, but now he was working 50 hours a week just to keep up with the new company. Wally continued to work on a variety of things including lots of construction projects, maintenance, computer programs and the original design of this website until he passed away in February of 2009. We came up with the name “Kettle Moraine Hardwoods” which was perfectly logical to us and everyone else in southeastern Wisconsin because we are in the middle of the Kettle Moraine. We did not reckon with the fact that almost no one else in the country had ever heard of it. After spelling it out a few million times we are not going to change now. Bob and Jim are joined by a dozen or so dedicated, knowledgeable employees who are a pleasure to deal with. Some of them started with us while in high school. Jim is in charge of the office, store, trade shows, insurance, etc. and Bob covers the sawmill, kiln and machinery end. In 1996 we saw a need for another store on the south side (Racine County) to serve Racine, Kenosha and northern Illinois. That store was also located in view of a highway (Interstate 94) and has been very well received. Our purpose is to present a large and varied inventory which will meet the needs of our customers. If you don’t see what you want- ask us. Our relatively small crew which is knowledgeable and interested will often find real prizes which in a larger operation would be lost. When you visit our stores be prepared to spend some time because we prefer that you pick your own wood from the bins with planing, ripping and sanding done while you wait. You will never be rushed in wood selection (unless we are 5 minutes or so from closing time) . Small volumes are OK- one board or one thousand. Clear short boards (less than 4 ft at #1 common price) are also on display and often fit an individual’s need. Customer satisfaction is our main goal.