EDMORE, Mich. (April 29, 2014) — It’s impossible to walk around someone’s house or office and not see wood furniture somewhere. But it’s rare to find quality rustic log furniture built from solid cedar and pine in those same places. Folks that enjoy the heavy-duty construction and outdoor look know exactly what they want.
Lakeland Mills in the small village of Edmore in northern Montcalm County has been making rustic products for decades. One of the more popular pieces that gets distributed to places like Menards are their wood swings. They come semi-assembled and are expected to last a minimum of 10 years outside without any protection. Perhaps one of the things customers really enjoy about this type of furniture is that it is built to last! The logs are real tree timbers and are thick and heavy-duty. While most aluminum swings would blow away with the first wind that came along, these outdoor swings stand the test of time.
In their custom line, the company manufactures just about anything (and any size) rustic from vanities to tables to bedroom sets. All have that same outdoor woodsy look and all are solid wood…no particle board or pressed fiber here!
The current owner, Calvin Hunt, started at the company in 1981 as an assembly supervisor. Clearly, he’s come along way and the company has branched out a bit more to diversify over the years. Where sawing, routing, chucking, and wood assembly occurs, you might expect to find plenty of waste too. Not so! Any shavings are usually sold to farmers as animal bedding. They also produce some mulch and use sawdust to burn in their drying room.
Lakeland Mills employs about 63 people doing a variety of work on CNC machines, saws, sanding, assembly, and packaging. The company distributes its products across the United States, Canada, and Norway.
Some of the custom tables they make are quite amazing. The company applies something called liquid glass that leaves a mirror glass finish as smooth as butter. “People will even order tables with extra rot to add character” says Calvin Hunt. The surface is simply brought up to a universal height with the liquid glass.
Lakeland Mills does have a showroom open to the public at their Edmore factory. Click here for their website and contact information.