by Karl D. Forth
Iowa company expands from
the sawmill to cabinets, signs
Sawmill operator has added cabinet shop, signmaking
and retail operation to its core business to find the right
combination for success.
Kendrick Inc. has not been afraid to tackle a new busi- ness if they see an oppor- tunity in the market. The
Edgewood, Iowa, sawmill expanded to
operate five companies related to woodworking, and after marking 35 years in
business, they continue to seek new opportunities. Tim and Rhonda Kendrick and
their four adult children, Morgan, Andrea,
Kirby and Kerra, are the center of an extended family of relatives and employees.
The company started in 1983 as a
logging and sawmill company. Kendrick
Forest Products produces green and dry
lumber, railroad ties, veneer logs and has
a mulch operation.
Kendrick purchased a small cabinet
shop in 2001, and relocated it to Edge-
wood, using lumber from their own
sawmill. In 2017, they relocated the
cabinet shop to an empty building near
the sawmill operation.
That same year, they started three
companies. Kendrick Home, a maker
of wooden signs, Shimlee, which prints
customer-supplied photographs on
wood, and The Markket, a retail store.
Forever Cabinets designs and builds
custom cabinetry for every room including kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment
centers, bars, laundry rooms, offices, and
The face frames and most doors
are made of solid hardwood grown in
northeastern Iowa and milled in the
sawmill, dried in the dry kilns powered
by sawdust, and processed in the rear of
the 36,000 square foot manufacturing
building and store front. Cabinet sides
and floors are primarily constructed of
¾-inch birch ply wood.
Who: Kendrick, Inc.
Where: Edgewood, Iowa
Aliases: Kendrick Forest Products,
Forever Cabinets, Kendrick Home,
What: Sawmill, cabinets, wood
signs, retail operations
At a glance
Kendrick Inc. expanded from its sawmill operation to operate five companies related to
woodworking, including a cabinet shop.