OP Hardwoods, originally Osage Products, was started in 1985 In Elden, Missouri. The Reynor family had a sawmill and kiln business where they were selling lumber by the truckload, but the community had a need for smaller-orders of lumber and they wanted to fill that. So they bought an old building and started stocking it with common American lumbers. From there it grew into carrying exotics and plywoods.
The Springfield location was opened in 1987 to service, and from there many people had access to great lumber. Soon after in 1990, a branch in Columbia, Missouri was opened up.
As business goes and interest changes, the branches in Elden and Columbia would consolidate to the branch in Springfield, where in 1999 it was sold to Mike Jeffreys and then again to Norman and Deb, a father and daughter who had already accumulated years of woodworking experience. It was here that Norm and Deb would take the company from just selling lumber to building and taking woodworking orders for it.
This year, Norm and Deb wanted to step back from woodworking, but right before they were going to close, Tom Kutz, a regular customer, came into the old location with the same dream. He bought OP Hardwoods and moved it to 2414 W Battlefield Rd to be more accessible to people.
Though through a few owners, the dream of providing exceptional lumber from all over the globe to whoever needs it still lives on. Today you can find us growing and developing the company so we can continue to treat you with the exceptional service that you should expect. We hope to see you soon!
Joseph Puzzo is the manager, fourth generation carpenter, and is bringing in 10 years of woodworking experience. His favorite type of wood to work with is white oak, though he has a Baubuche table with Hickory legs on his mind. On Saturdays you can find Joseph working the floor at OP, usually accompanied by his wife. Ask him sometime how they met, it's a good story!
Alisha Flatness is a third generation carpenter who is bringing in years of construction and cabinet making experience. You can find her on Wednesdays building and gushing over new stock. She loves every aspect of woodworking, but she's extremely passionate about teaching and equipping new woodworkers. Feel free to ask her about anything, if she doesn't know it, she'll love finding it out for you!
Our Mission Statement
Our mission statement is simple, to be the midwest's best source of lumber. Not just best in terms of quantity of material, best in terms of service, of quality of wood, and of variety. Everyone can carry walnut, oak, hickory, and slabs, but not everyone is so passionate that they develop a relationship with the lumber companies to get the first pick. For example, our slabs come from a sawmill and kiln in Neosho, Chapman Sawmill. The man who runs it has been in the business for over 50 years and knows the industry inside and out. Every piece of wood in his warehouses has a story that he can tell.
It is this kind of quality that we are committed to, because you deserve a better class of retailer, and we hold ourselves to the highest standard. Come by and see what we're about today.
As a carrier of both domestic and exotic hardwoods, we have a plethora of amazing suppliers. We work really hard to source as many things locally as we can, so that with every purchase from us, you can know that we are pouring back into our communities. Each supplier we have, we take a tour of their facility and can usually get a story for each piece, at least the domestic ones!