The Menzner Process

 The Lumber Drying Process

Exceptional hardwood moulding requires exceptional handling. From the moment the rough green lumber arrives at our two kiln facilities in Mississippi and South Carolina, every aspect of its handling process promotes well dried lumber. During the initial stages of the drying process, the lumber is methodically stacked, ensuring sufficient air pass through and also in an effort to reduce the lumber drying cycle. The lumber is then dipped in a solution that repels insects and prevents staining. The lumber is then stacked in a "T" canopy shed for 60-90 days, while ensuring that the moisture content is brought down to 20 percent. Fueled by a wood waste boiler, the Menzner kilns hold lumber for 7 to 14 days or until the final moisture content is 7 percent or less. Prior to planing each piece of lumber, the boards are inspected for cupping. Any cupped board that is found is then passed onto the busting saw for correction, and the final piece of lumber is planed to a designated thickness, based on specifications. The planed lumber is then inspected for color, size and specified thickness.

Finally, the lumber that passes our high quality standards and overall inspection process then makes its way to the inline moisture meter. Any lumber that fails inspection is placed back into the kiln. All lumber that contains a moisture content of 7 percent or less is then packed, tagged and stored in a warehouse for shipping to our manufacturing facility in Wisconsin.

The Manufacturing Process

With the kiln dried process complete, the lumber arrives in Wisconsin and is sent to the Rough Mill where a computerized scanner rips the boards based on desired widths. An optimization saw scans for imperfections, removes defects and cuts the rip blank to length based on preset specifications. Rip blanks are sorted and stored according to width and length. Long, clear rips (6' to 16') arrive at the moulding plant and are machined into profile mouldings. Mid-length rips (3' to 6') are used for stair treads, risers, balusters and handrails. Short lengths (8" to 3') are finger jointed for various products.

Menzner Hardwoods' large database of various wood species, along with it's wide variety of profiles represents over a century of customized hardwood manufacturing. Unlike other hardwood manufacturers, Menzner Hardwoods is vertically integrated and as a result we control every aspect of the manufacturing process -- quality control, in-house drying, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution. Menzner Hardwoods' flexibility and speed-to-market capabilities provides our customers with outstanding service and consistent, on-time delivery.

Quality Assurance

In order to ensure the highest quality product, along with a diverse portfolio of mouldings, Menzner Hardwoods staffs well trained quality control personnel, skilled operators and a tooling crew that has an eye for precise detail. Menzner Hardwoods utilizes the latest technology to provide a wide variety of tooling, with literally hundreds of design options. Through a sample drawing, or with an actual sample profile in-hand, our toolers can duplicate with precision. When complete, all profiles are scanned into memory and filed for future reference. This guarantees our ability to match all profiles for future use.

Veneer skins are applied to particleboard, MDF or wood core substrates depending upon the customer specifications. Room temperature, humidity, moisture content of the core and veneer, temperature and viscosity of the glue, application rate and pressure are monitored closely according to precise standards. Flat lamination of veneer and glued-moulded products, such as handrails, treads and risers, are completed in RF Gluers and on the wrapper lines. Veneer wrapped products include doorjambs, stop moulding for door and window trim, extension jambs and skirt boards. Flat laminated veneers are available for doorjambs, skirt boards and bases

At completion, a final inspection occurs before products are tallied, bundled, labeled and transferred to our company-owned transportation carrier, MLC Transportation, LLC. In-house shipping affords us the flexibility of weekly production schedules, and efficient and open communication between storage areas, production centers and the shipping department.

From The Woods to the Home

Throughout the year we acquire millions of board feet of lumber, all of which is inspected, graded and scaled at our two kiln drying facilities which are located in the states of South Carolina and Mississippi. Recognizing the value of on-time delivery, along with the demanding supply chain expectations of our customers, Menzner Hardwoods controls the transportation of all of our products. This is accomplished with our in-house fleet and managed through our family-owned MLC Transportation company. With consistency, the vertical nature of our in-house supply chain has provided us with the flexibility required to meet the most demanding delivery schedule. Great service is provided each and every time Menzner Hardwoods is called upon.