Green Forest Wood Products, LLC
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Green Forest Wood Products, LLC
Green Forest has been in business and located in Littlefork, MN since 1962.
In March 2017, Brandon Andersen purchased Green Forest, Inc. and Green Forest Logging, Inc. from Bill and Bernie Nordlund. Green Forest has been in business and located in Littlefork, MN since 1962, selling Northern White Cedar Fence products. Brandon was a customer of Green Forest, using cedar for products at his two family owned furniture businesses, Lonesome Cottage Furniture Company and Fireside Lodge Furniture Company.
Lonesome Cottage Furniture Company is located on Hwy 371 in Pequot Lakes, MN. They offer a wide variety of furniture, cabinets, and home accessories from a rustic look for the cabin retreat to a more transitional feel for everyday living. Lonesome Cottage features handcrafted furniture from Cedar, Hickory, and Barnwood.
Fireside Lodge Furniture supplies bedroom, dining, and gathering room, bar room, office, bathroom, and hospitality furniture to wholesale customers. They are one of the leaders in the rustic furnishings industry and offer quality, value and exceptional service to their customers.
Since taking over Green Forest, Brandon has hired additional employees, improved the facilities manufacturing process, implemented accounting and inventory systems, built a breakroom with plumbed bathrooms, and a tool room. He has also increased the wages of the employees and included a 401K plan, health benefits, paid time off, and holiday pay, which were not given previously to employees. Green Forest plans to operate year round supplying stable jobs and income for local workers. Shown below are the new breakroom and office space which are some of the improvements that have been made to the facility already.
Green Forest produces fencing, lumber, poles, posts, mulch, chips, shredded bar, and landscaping materials. They are a facility that is 100% sustainable using everything they produce. They are using the sawdust to heat the building, and selling other bi-products to consumers for additional revenue. They are currently reconfiguring their facility to make a more lean manufacturing process that will help them reduce waste in production and labor. It will also allow them to create more product in a shorter amount of time. This is phase 1 of their plan to upgrade the facility. Phase 2 will include additional significant equipment upgrades to automate for higher volume output, a warehouse for storing goods, and a finishing building.
Brandon at Green Forest recently applied for the North Star Cooperative Revolving Loan Fund to help him complete phase 1 of the facility. Koochiching Economic Development Authority in conjunction with the Small Business Development Center helped Brandon and Green Forest identify resources, give recommendations, and give support from the application phase to the final decision. Brandon was awarded the loan on October 24, 2017.
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