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PRIDE IN EVERY BOARD speaks to more than the quality of our end products. It is a quality commitment that starts with having pride and caring for our environment.



Hartzell Hardwoods, family-owned since its founding in 1875, has long been at the forefront of producing premium quality lumber from sustainably managed hardwood forests. For our company, being sustainable is more than just a phrase, it's a way of life. 

Contrary to common perception, the health of the forest is improved by harvesting mature trees, which have finished their work of storing carbon. Their harvest opens the forest canopy, allowing rain and sunlight to reach the saplings on the forest floor, which will become new trees and begin their job of sequestering carbon for the next generation.

At Hartzell Hardwoods, we are committed to caring for the resource that fuels our business. Sustainable forestry management has allowed us to secure constant supply through many generations. To this day, we only partner with mills that make sustainability a core part of their business.

Our motto "Pride In Every Board" reflects a quality commitment to our employees, community, hardwood industry, and the environment. Hartzell proudly partners with The Real American Hardwood Coalition, The Timber & Forestry Foundation, Miami County Parks, and One Tree Planted. As a 6-generation family business, we understand our responsibility to future generations and the health of the planet. Join us in our efforts to leave our planet healthier than we inherited it. 


Some of our high-quality hardwood lumber comes from the Appalachian Mountains, where Appalachian Hardwoods are abundant and replenished.

As stated by the Natural Heritage Program: Natural and Cultural Resources, as of 2020, the Cheoah Bald Salamander has been ranked SR (significantly rare) in the state of North Carolina and S1 (critically imperiled) as a State ranking. The salamander's rarity of fewer than 1,000 individuals increases vulnerability to extirpation or local extinction.

This amphibian inhabits a small region in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, part of the Appalachian Mountain Ranges. As we purchase our lumber from our suppliers, it is imperative that our suppliers properly navigate and manage the forests in areas where the Cheoah Bald Salamander lives to ensure the amphibian's safety to allow reproduction for the continued longevity of its kind.

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Cheoah Bald salamander only occurs at high elevations on a single mountain in North Carolina and is often found under cover objects in high elevation forests.

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Why Trust Hartzell?

Who They Are

Miami County Parks is a local Parks District that dedicates itself to promoting environmental preservation, education, and connection. From creating curriculum to hosting events, their impact touches everyone in their community. 

Current & Future Collaborations

  • Walnut Grove Interpretive Signage 

  • Tree Planting Initiatives


Who They Are

FSC  is an international non-profit organization dedicated to high forestry management standards. Apart from their intensive research and promotion of responsible sourcing of forest products, they also perform business assessments and reward certifications. Their certifications help identify businesses that have sustainably sourced their forest products.



  • Hartzell Hardwoods is FSC Certified

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Who They Are

Founded by Criswell Davis, Dane Coleman, and Zack Ruef, The Timber & Forestry Foundation engages in powerful promotional and educational efforts. Their mission is to drive awareness regarding the beauty and sustainability of U.S. hardwoods. 

Current & Future Collaborations

  • Hartzell Hardwood's sustainability video

Partners and Progams


Who They Are

One Tree Planted is a nonprofit organization dedicated to global reforestation. In coordination with environmental experts and locally affected communities, One Tree Planted and its partners lead projects that positively impact nature, people, and wildlife globally. 

Current & Future Collaborations

  • Active project donations

  • Tree Planting Initiatives

Who They Are

The Real American Hardwood Coalition raises awareness on the benefits of American hardwoods. Driven by its industry, RAHC members unite with the common goal of driving sales and consumer awareness. 


We're financially and actively supporting RAHC. 

Hartzell Family Stances

Robert Kaebnick

When I think of the word sustainability, a number of things come to mind -- our environment, the business we're running, the customers we serve, and a multigenerational family business. Sustainability means a lot of things, and for me, it means building something that will long outlast you. So it's fun to see our community, company, and teammates in unison with new ideas and approaches on being sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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Tom Coble

If every business took even small steps to change their behaviors on how they care for the environment, the overall impact would be massive. We want to be leaders in our community and industry for driving positive change and leading the movement towards living a more sustainable life.


Casey Webster

We take nature's beauty to make our everyday lives more beautiful. If we want to maintain that for generations to come, we need to continue to plant trees and clean our air. Hartzell has been here for 6 generations of Hartzell and I want this to be around for 6 more generations of Hartzell employees.

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