Our History


Oakwood Veneer Company started as a small venture in 1986 by its founder Peter Rodgers. In the beginning, Peter Rodgers' primary business was Evergreen Kitchen Refacing, Inc. serving customers in Metro Detroit area.

To keep costs down, Peter initiated Oakwood Veneer Company to purchase flexible wood veneers in large quantities. He stored it in his basement to start, but soon moved his veneer stock to a 5,000 sq. ft warehouse on Rochester Road in Clawson, Michigan.

Oakwood Veneer’s first customers were, by and large, direct competitors to Evergreen Kitchens with whom Peter had developed friendly business relations.

Oakwood Veneer Company moved in 1994 to Eleven Mile Road in Berkley, Michigan, to allow substantial growth by both Evergreen Kitchens and Oakwood Veneer. At this 15,000 sq ft location, Oakwood Veneer expanded the number of species available from a couple of dozen to more than 70. All wood veneers were available for same-day shipping across the nation. Due to increased customer demand, Oakwood Veneer increased the types of backers available to include 10-mil, phenolic, and NBL (no black line). In 1998, Oakwood introduced its top selling 22-mil Bubble-Free™ three-ply veneer.


We tripled our space in 2006 to serve you better.As the number of species offered expanded to more than 150, it was time to move the Oakwood Veneer headquarters to Troy, Michigan. In Oakwood’s current 45,000 square foot building.

In 2007 Oakwood Veneer began to manufacture flexible wood veneer from raw flitch, becoming a manufacturer as well as a wholesaler. Architects and craftsmen can now precisely specify the species and finishes they want for special projects whether they are creating an extraordinary lobby or conference room or crafting a showstopping piece of custom-made furniture.

The number of wood veneer species available for immediate delivery continues to expand. It's well over 300 and counting. Most species are immediately available in multiple sizes and a variety of backers.

Through its first quarter century, Oakwood Veneer has stayed true to its core mission of providing an incredibly lavish selection of in-house, ready-to-ship flexible wood veneer for customers in North America and beyond.

Our space provides everything we need to stock our complete line of wood veneers and process each order efficiently. We also have an amazing showroom where we can show you hundreds of samples so you can decide which veneer is right for your project. If the amount of options is overwhelming our experienced veneer experts will discuss your project with you and help you make the right choice.

Our staff will then go to the warehouse to pack it up for you so you can take it back to your workshop and get to work.

If you're not in the neighborhood, we'll give your online or phone order the same undivided attention and ship it to you the same business day for in-stock items when you call us by 2pm EST or the next business day if you order later in the afternoon — or even if you place an order online overnight.

We're here to serve you in any way possible. We want you to be a happy long-time customer and we'll prove it to you each time you're in touch with us. Call us for technical veneering questions as well as placing orders. We'll help get your woodworking project done — and done right.