Producing monster quartersawn boards at Graf Brothers flooring
December 16, 2016 | 2:28 pm CST

At its 70-acre lumber mill in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, Graf Brothers produces 125,000 board feet of lumber and 35,000 square feet of flooring daily.

One of the world’s largest suppliers of wide-width, rift, and quartersawn products, Graf is known for its precision-cut “monster” quartersawn boards, which measure up to 24 inches wide.

“These board widths are unheard of in the industry, but we pride ourselves on being at the forefront,” says the company.


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Graf Brothers purchases large-diameter white oak logs from 10-state area surrounding its Kentucky mill on a daily basis. The company’s 14 kilns allow it to dry over two million feet of hardwood lumber per month.

The company sells around half of its lumber to distribution yards, flooring and millwork producers, and the other half goes to its own flooring production. Lumber is shipped to over 55 countries around the world.

Graf was recently approved for up to $450,000 in incentives. The company is considering a $1.6 million expansion that would create 20 jobs with an average hourly wage (including benefits) of $12.55.

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