9/17/12

Reclaimed Flooring Finds a New Home

8 Min.

We are so excited to offer antique and reclaimed flooring from Olde Wood Ltd. The Green Alliance was excited too and Jim wrote up this great article for us! Swing by the Studio or our Dover office to check out the samples and learn more about this unique and beautiful flooring option.

Jewett Farms partners with Ohio firm to supply reclaimed wood flooring

It was two years ago when Jewett Farms + Co — a Dover-based company renowned for their commitment to sustainable woodworking practices – decided to expand its operations to include a reclaimed flooring operation.

But, in business as in life, when it comes to relationships, it’s important to never settle.  Now, Jewett Farms can claim with clear confidence that they have, in fact, finally found “the one.”

Last month, Jewett Farms + Co announced a new partnership with Olde Wood Ltd of Malvern, Ohio. Founded by Tommy and Mandy Sancic in 1997, Olde Wood has since grown to become one of the largest reclaimed wood operations anywhere in the country.

With a commitment to using 100% virgin wood, Olde Wood creates hardwood flooring that embodies a sense of history and individuality. Planks and beams, many of which are over a century old, are sourced from all kinds of unique environments. From Oak that built early settlements to Pine rescued from now defunct tobacco barns. The beauty of this antique lumber re-emerges as it is salvaged and masterfully restored, ready to take on a new life.

The alliance makes Jewett Farms + Co. the sole New England source for Olde Wood products, a development that promises to bolster the profiles of both companies.

“What made it such a natural partnership was that their philosophy was right in line with ours,” recalls Olivia Lord, Marketing Director for JF + Co. “It’s exciting to know you’ve found a like-minded company and a mutually-beneficial partnership.”

While the two are still crossing Ts and dotting Is, Lord says she expects the Jewett Farms showrooms to be stocked with Olde Wood samples in the next few weeks.

“We think people are really going to respond positively – especially in a place like New England that values sustainability and making the most of what you have,” says Lord. “And we believe the quality and inspired design of our cabinetry is a perfect fit  with the Olde Wood aesthetic.”

For their part, Olde Wood is hoping for a similar response in a market the company is just now beginning to explore, says Marketing Director Ryan Lowe.  “Most of our business up to this point is done locally and out west – places like Colorado and California – so we don’t have a lot of representation in the East,” says Lowe. “We wanted a show-room quality presence, and we felt like Jewett Farms + Co. was just the kind of company to make that happen.”

Indeed, Jewett Farms might be Olde Wood’s first partner East of their Ohio home, but if the fast-growing company has its way, it will be a partnership as long-lasting as it is mutually beneficial. “We’re not a gigantic machine, though our growth has been steady and sustainable,” Lowe notes. “And we felt Jewett Farms + Co. was a similar kind of company, in the sense that they’ve continued to grow and do it in a way that falls in line with their values.”

While the two companies might tout slightly different crafts and artistic approaches, both are committed to employing as many sustainable business practices as possible. For Olde Wood, that means repurposing used or abandoned materials and turning them into beautiful and long wearing flooring. For Jewett Farms, sustainability is intrinsic to their design and manufacturing process.

“We’re looking forward to making Olde Wood’s products a prominent part of our showroom,” exclaims Olivia Lord. “It’s a great example of two like-minded businesses coming together to fill the growing demand for green, responsibly made products.”

Read the article by Jim Cavan in the September 17th edition of the Fosters Daily Democrat.