In the early 1940s brothers Ted and Ernie Manthei were strawberry farmers who wanted to save money by making their own fruit baskets.

In their pursuit of this cost cutting idea they purchased a “basket making machine” which mistakenly turned out to be a veneer lathe. So they began manufacturing and selling veneer instead of growing strawberries.

By combining vision, diligence, and an attention to craftsmanship Manthei Veneer has risen from humble beginnings to a national leader in precision hardwood face veneers.

Today, with 100 employees, Manthei Veneer is owned and operated by the second and third generations of the Manthei family, which provides experience along with creative thinking in forging new paths while continually improving on existing ones.

We are proud to be one of the few remaining family-owned veneer mills in North America, and as a family, we understand the value of commitment and integrity. We believe that superior service is invaluable, therefore we work hard to provide the flexibility and product diversity that best serve our customers.

That’s why for over 70 years we have offered our customers the highest quality veneer products available and remain committed to working with the changing needs of plywood, flooring, and furniture manufacturers around the world.


Our Mission

At Manthei, we are Family. We are compassionate people who responsibly steward our resources to create innovative forestry products in order to exceed our customer’s expectations. We do it because we care.

We believe in our core values.

Putting Others First 

We do unto others as we would have done to us. We are aware of what other’s needs are and try to be considerate of that, regardless of how they respond.


We work together to accomplish more than we could on our own. We hold ourselves responsible to the team and give credit where credit is due.


Continuous Improvement

Good enough is never good enough. We must continually learn, grow, innovate, and get better at what we do.

Follow Through

We do what we say we are going to do. We are responsible, honest, and transparent, and we keep our commitments.