Frank Faehner, founder of American Wood Fibers, was involved with "total wood waste utilization" for over 50 years. In 1966, he incorporated Eastern Wood Fibers in Jessup, Maryland and set out to become the nation’s largest supplier of wood flour and wood by-products. In 1988, he achieved this objective and the company name was changed to American Wood Fibers to more accurately reflect the depth of resources and national scope the company had achieved.
Today, there are American Wood Fiber plants and distribution centers near the majority of our nation's major timber processors from coast-to-coast.
Despite this significant growth and national scope, our focus remains on family. American Wood Fibers embodies a culture of courtesy and respect – a commitment to customer service that originated with our founder. Today, that same commitment is sustained by the fourth generation of the Faehner family and all AWF employees.
As the nation’s largest producer of wood shavings and wood flour, AWF is committed to meeting needs for high quality, cost-effective fillers and extenders for dozens of industrial applications. Our size allows us to constantly monitor the timber industry to ensure an unimpeded supply of raw material. And, because we have access to timber resources across the country and internationally, we can maintain a consistent supply of raw wood shavings and wood flour materials for our customers.
AWF is also the nation's largest manufacturer and supplier of pet and equine bedding direct to retailers under our wood shavings products; Pets Pick, Premier Pet and America’s Choice brands. We are also a private label supplier for some of the nation’s finest pet product manufacturers. You can find our bedding products in top specialty pet stores and national retail chains.
Since 1997 American Wood Fibers has been the only company of its type to be recognized with the distinction of ISO 9001:2008 Certification.
Whether it’s the development of wood flour, dust-free animal bedding or renewable fuels one thing is abundantly clear – our commitment to quality and customer service.
AWF is also extremely proud of the role we play in the beneficial use of the by-products of wood processing. Our unstinting commitment to successful natural resource utilization ensures the preservation of our nation’s forests.
AWF is constantly researching and developing new wood shavings and wood flour products. In addition to wood fibers, we are always on the look out for by-products of natural resources. Our research department is developing new applications with these by-products for industry.
Our Equine and Pet Products divisions are developing new and improved products for our nations farm animals and pets. We will continue to partner with customers, suppliers of raw material, and private label partners to provide the finest quality products at the most competitive prices now and in the future.
Experience, technical innovation, demanding production controls, integrity, and effective leadership are our foundation. American Wood Fibers - Good for people. Good for the planet.