HUDSON, N.C. - Timber Wolf Forest Products, a wood components manufacturer, was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to assist in the purchase of a five-axis Pade CNC router in an effort to expand its operations.
For nearly 20 years, Timber Wolf has been a supplier for furniture manufacturing companies, cabinet-making operations, and hotel franchises. Founded by Randy and Rita Roper in 1998, Timber Wolf does business in all 50 states and in seven countries across the world with more than 3,500 customers.
Along with aggressive marketing efforts, Timber Wolf has been able to expand its client base by more than 1,000 customers in the past year and has nearly doubled its workforce.
“The [CDBG] came with the growth of 10 more jobs that were to be created and filled by the end of the grant,” said Madison Roper, one of Timber Wolf’s owners. “We had 10 months from the time we started the process until it was complete. Similar grants took three years to complete.”
Timber Wolf hosted a celebration at its facility to thank officials for their assistance in procuring the grant which included company employees, Rep. Meadows, Caldwell County officials, representatives from the Town of Hudson, and officials from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
The celebration featured a lunch buffet as Timber Wolf provided guests with tours of the company’s facility and demonstrations of its new router.
“[The router] really refocused us as what our future would look like,” said Roper. “It has been a game-changer for us.”
Caldwell County Economic Development Commission executive director, Deborah Murray, said the success of Timber Wolf puts to rest any notion of the demise of the furniture and wood products industries in the county.
Timber Wolf has pushed forward by working with its vendors to provide product solutions and on-time delivery. The company also stays mindful of changing consumer tastes to adapt its product line when necessary.
“When you look at this, it is about teamwork coming together with a number of folks,” said Rep. Meadows who described Timber Wolf as “a great success story.”
The company plans to partner with Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute to develop a long-term training program for its employees.
“We’re breaking our own molds and pushing our own boundaries,” said Roper. “And we’ve been blessed with a lot of great, quality people.”
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