Our History

Est. 1966

M. Bohlke Veneer Corp was founded in March of 1966 by Manfred Bohlke.

In 2016 MBVC celebrated its 50th Anniversary and continues to prepare for another fifty years of growth

1963

1963

Manfred Bohlke emigrates from Germany to the United States and begins harvesting the finest walnut logs in North...
1966

1966

Manfred Bohlke goes out on his own to start his business, which is now known as M. Bohlke...
1972

1972

A corporate office and warehouse is built at the Donald Drive location in Fairfield, OH. This would be...
1979

1979

Fairfield Veneer Mill is built a half-mile from the corporate office. The factory is built with two vertical...
1984

1984

Manfred Bohlke buys out his partners and becomes the sole owner of Fairfield Veneer Mill. The mill is...
1986

1986

Manfred Bohlke buys the first parcel of Walnut burls and the first veneer lathe is installed for cutting...
1988

1988

A 25,000 square foot plant expansion makes way for two additional vertical slicers, two more press dryers and...
1992

1992

A 60,000 square foot plant expansion makes way for two more slicers and additional dryers. Cooking capacity is...
1993

1993

After years of development, the patented vacuum flitch bed is installed on slicer #6. Today, all slicers are...
1994

1994

The first micro-bevel knife grinder is installed. This is the first in the industry. The micro-bevel grinding process...
1996

1996

A lathe manufacturing facility is built, which includes three lathes, one press dryer, eight cooking vats, two clipping...
1998

1998

The veneer splicing facility is built with a double knife guillotine and two cross-feed splicers. This allows veneer...
1999

1999

A newly developed rotary half-round slicer is installed in the main veneer mill with a direct infeed into...
2002

2002

A new corporate office is constructed on location with the factory and new warehouses. MBVC officially moves from...
2010

2010

A state of the art rotary half-round slicer is installed to increase rift cut production capacity further. This...
2011

2011

An automated flitch cleaner was installed helping to improve yield and cutting quality. This eliminates any hand cleaning...
2014

2014

An second automated flitch cleaner is installed allowing the entire plant to be run through the FlitchPrep machines....
2016

2016

M. Bohlke Veneer Corp. celebrates 50 years in business. Now after half a century in existence, MBVC has...
2017

2017

A 75,000 square foot expansion is completed to warehouse the growing inventory of imported lumber and live edge...

1963

1963

Manfred Bohlke emigrates to America

Manfred Bohlke emigrates from Germany to the United States and begins harvesting the finest walnut logs in North America

1966

1966

Est. 1966 - M. Bohlke Veneer Corp is formed

Manfred Bohlke goes out on his own to start his business, which is now known as M. Bohlke Veneer Corp. Mr. Bohlke decides to leave his previous employer and begin working for himself. He works hard to get the banks to give him a small loan so he can begin buying logs and reselling them to his customers back in Europe. After some persistence he is able to obtain the small loan, pay it back within one year and the rest is history.

1972

1972

First Corporate Office is built

A corporate office and warehouse is built at the Donald Drive location in Fairfield, OH. This would be the home of MBVC for nearly 30 years until the new corporate facility was constructed about 0.5 mile away.

1979

1979

Fairfield Veneer Mill Built

Fairfield Veneer Mill is built a half-mile from the corporate office. The factory is built with two vertical slicers, two veneer dyers, a sawmill and clipper line to service the custom cutting needs of Mr. Bohlke’s log customers.

1984

1984

Fairfield Veneer Mill Renamed

Manfred Bohlke buys out his partners and becomes the sole owner of Fairfield Veneer Mill. The mill is renamed and brought under the name of M. Bohlke Veneer Corporation.

1986

1986

Manfred Bohlke buys first parcel of Walnut Burls

Manfred Bohlke buys the first parcel of Walnut burls and the first veneer lathe is installed for cutting burls. Walnut burl would grow to become one of the most famous woods used in luxury automobile dashboard applications for nearly thirty years

1988

1988

Plant Expansion #1

A 25,000 square foot plant expansion makes way for two additional vertical slicers, two more press dryers and a second clipping line.

1992

1992

Plant Expansion #2

A 60,000 square foot plant expansion makes way for two more slicers and additional dryers. Cooking capacity is increased to 28 total vats. Two additional warehouses are built adjacent to the factory to accomomdate the increased production capacity

1993

1993

First Vacuum Flitch Table installed

After years of development, the patented vacuum flitch bed is installed on slicer #6. Today, all slicers are equipped with vacuum flitch beds

1994

1994

Micro-bevel Knife Grinder installed

The first micro-bevel knife grinder is installed. This is the first in the industry. The micro-bevel grinding process creates a very fine curvature on the cutting blade which allows for more slicing longevity between knife changes

1996

1996

Lathe Burl Mill built

A lathe manufacturing facility is built, which includes three lathes, one press dryer, eight cooking vats, two clipping lines and a knife grinder. This facility is created to accommodate the growing demand for burl veneer.

1998

1998

MB Face Plant is built

The veneer splicing facility is built with a double knife guillotine and two cross-feed splicers. This allows veneer to be taken to the next step by gluing the sheets together to make cut to size faces for the plywood and panel industry

1999

1999

Half Round Rotary Slicer installed

A newly developed rotary half-round slicer is installed in the main veneer mill with a direct infeed into the press dryer. This highly automated line would be taken to two shifts and increase the capacity of rift cut veneer that could be produced.

2002

2002

New Corporate Office constructed

A new corporate office is constructed on location with the factory and new warehouses. MBVC officially moves from Donald Drive to N. Gilmore Road. All of MBVC now sits in one strategic location

2010

2010

Second Half-Round Rotary slicer installed

A state of the art rotary half-round slicer is installed to increase rift cut production capacity further. This would be the second half-round slicer in the mill.

2011

2011

Automated Flitch Cleaner installed

An automated flitch cleaner was installed helping to improve yield and cutting quality. This eliminates any hand cleaning and planing of flitches before production.

2014

2014

Second Automated Flitch Cleaner installed

An second automated flitch cleaner is installed allowing the entire plant to be run through the FlitchPrep machines. This significantly helps yield, cutting quality and efficiency.

2016

2016

M. Bohlke Veneer Corp. Celebrates 50 years in business

M. Bohlke Veneer Corp. celebrates 50 years in business. Now after half a century in existence, MBVC has grown from 2 employees up to 400 employees. The company went from a log yard to the biggest single veneer mill in North America.

2017

2017

Massive Lumber Warehouse Expansion

A 75,000 square foot expansion is completed to warehouse the growing inventory of imported lumber and live edge slabs.

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