Columbian Home Products purchased the Bemis facility in Crandon Wisconsin in 2002. It has been operating there as Snow River Products ever since. The facility was converted from the toilet seat manufacturing that Bemis was doing, to making wooden bowls and cutting boards. The products that are made there are made from repurposed wood. That is, the materials are generally made from wood that originally was going to be made into flooring, cabinets, furniture etc. The pieces might be too short, has a knot or some other slight defect but can be made into a beautiful cutting board. Those pieces don't get put into the land fill and no trees have to be cut. It is a win for everyone.
Snow River has two divisions of its business. The largest portion of the business is for the retail sector where Walmart, K- Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams - Sonoma, Ace Hardware and Publix Supermarkets are major customers.
The other division is dedicated to Custom wood products for Businesses. The business is led by numerous manufacturers. The general thought is to make cutting boards or other wooden products to meet the needs of the businesses who need to purchase smaller quantities. Instead of selling thousands of boards a week to the big retailers, the local cheese company may want to buy 100 for a giveaway at a trade show. Samples will be made free of charge based on a drawing or sample sent in. The items can be personalized with company logo's.
MOQ's are set at a minimum which allows smaller businesses to get what they need.