Gerber Wood Products' Sustainable Component Manufacturing

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 10/07/2013 8:00AM


Founded in 1901, the family-owned Gerber Wood Products combines technology and craftsmanship, while exhibiting good environmental stewardship.

An FSC-certified company, Gerber sells its wood products domestically as well as internationally, supplying a range of LEED and other projects. Said President/CEO Steve Gerber, “Selling FSC lumber has also helped us [obtain] several new customers.”

Cornucopia of Components

In addition to handrails, architectural mouldings and stair parts, Gerber produces promotional and speciality items, including plaques, orchestra conductor baton boxes and the Snooze iPhone alarm dock.

Inside the 50,000-square-foot Kidron, OH-based facility, a variety of machinery is used for manufacturing. Included are: Weinig and Leadermac moulders and Newman-Whitney, Paul and Baker sawing solutions. A Weinig/Grecon fingerjointer and Doucet clamp carriers are also used. A Weinig Rondamat grinder is in place for tooling needs.

Gerber’s capabilities include S4S jointing and bending handrails up to 24 feet long. Also unique is its One-Joint rail, available in lengths up to 30 feet.

The company was one of eight woodworking facilities recently toured as part of the 2013 Wood Component Manufacturers Association's annual Conference and Plant Tour Event in September.


About the Author

Karen Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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