Wise Forest Products was established in 2001 in Fayetteville, GA. The company has grown exponentially since its humble beginning, with warehouses now located in both Savannah, GA and Baltimore, MD.
A large part of the company’s success can be attributed to the 15-year relationship with Germany’s Klenk Holz AG, which has led to Wise Forest Products becoming the largest importer of European spruce boards in the United States. Material is shipped from Klenk to the Savannah, GA via break bulk vessel or container shipment. Once in Georgia, Wise Forest Products has exclusive rights to the US sales, generally through stocking distributors andwhole sale distribution.
Current geographic sales include the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, and the Southeast.
Klenk Holz AG was established in 1904 by founder Albert Klenk. The business stayed in family control for over a century, being overseen by Eugene Klenk upon his father’s retirement until its eventual purchase in 2013 by the Carlyle Group.
In that time, Klenk has expanded to three sawmills located in Germany:
The largest of the three manufacturing site which produces spruce, fir, and pine. Oberrot has a large DIY market as well as product for the domestic and export markets.
Produces mainly red pine for the domestic market.
Large producer of spruce for the domestic and export segments of business.
Klenk does approximately 300 million euro in annual sales.