AWF History

Our Story

The history of awf

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1966

Frank & Joy Faehner start Eastern Wood Fibers in Jessup, Maryland. Baltimore Sawdust Company in Silver Spring, MD was purchased soon after.

Frank and Joy
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1978

Eastern Wood Fibers opens Jessup, Maryland Plant. Industrial Fibers business growing rapidly.

awf 1978
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1984

Eastern Wood Fibers opens a plant in Schofield, Wisconsin. Servicing customers and suppliers in the upper Midwest.

wisconsin 1984
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1989

Eastern Wood Fibers becomes American Wood Fibers to better reflect our expanding footprint.

1989
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1989

Pella, IA plant opened on 2 acres next door to Pella Windows facility.

awf pella ia
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1991

American Wood Fibers opens Lebanon, Kentucky Plant. Pet bedding business grows to include small animal, dog, horse and large animal bedding products.

awf 1991
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1996

AWF purchases Red Cedar of Nebraska.

awf red cedar
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1997

AWF opens Marysville, California, plant.

marysville awf
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1997

Ed Leland hired as President and Frank Faehner becomes Chief Executive Officer.

Ed Leland
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1999

AWF relocates plant from Struthers to Circleville, Ohio.

awf 1999
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2001

AWF opens Marshall, Texas, plant.

awf marshall tx
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2005

AWF adds wood pellet production to Circleville. Frank Faehner retires, Joy Faehner becomes Chairperson.

awf ohio
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2007

AWF purchases Mountain Wood Products in Sugar Grove, VA.

awf va
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2009

AWF relocates Sugar Grove plant to Marion, Virginia.

awf va
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2009

On October 4, 2009 Frank Faehner, our Company Founder, Husband, Father & Friend passes away peacefully. The AWF Family will miss his energy and passion, but his fighting spirit will live on.

frank faehner
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2011

AWF purchases California Wood Shavings in Jamestown, California.

awf california
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2014

Ed Leland retires and Stephen Faehner takes over as President/CEO.

ed leland
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2015

AWF purchases Lost Coast Forest Products adding firewood, kindling, & pinecones to our product assortment.

pinecones
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2016

AWF celebrates our 50th anniversary. 

awf 50th anniversary
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2020

AWF inaugurates a new plant in Laurinburg. 

awf 50th anniversary