Berlin Wood Products, Inc., is in the center of Amish Country in Holmes County (Berlin), Ohio.
My father, John, started the business in 1965 with several other businessmen. Initially, their vision for the business was to become a lawn and garden tool manufacturer and sell various models of wheelbarrows and moving carts.
After a few years, these men “changed gears” and focused on the wood components of these units and sold these items to the major companies in the industry. By the early ’70′s, the company developed the wooden wagon line to utilize wood material not usable in their other markets. Thus, the Berlin Flyer wagon was born.
We still make wheelbarrow handles, but we make a lot of wood, dimension stock that is used in many different markets. Currently, we have around 20 Amish employees…many of them have been here for over 15 years. John has since retired, and I’ve been given the opportunity to handle the business for the 2nd generation.
Today’s Berlin wagon is virtually the same wagon that rolled off our production line over 30 years ago. The only items we buy finished for the wagons are the wheels and bolt packs. Everything else is done in our factory…American made!
We feel we have the best quality, longest lasting, durable wagon on the market today. Biased? You betcha! Our company philosophy has been, is currently, and always will be that we don’t want to be the biggest…we only want to be the best.
To date, we are not in major retail stores. We are a small, family-run business. We have, however, dealt with various marketing concepts over the years where we would have to substitute less expensive materials to meet their price points and afford us the opportunity to gain more exposure. Don’t get me wrong. That’s okay for some, but not for us. We make our fair share of wagons, but we aren’t interested in mass-producing or substituting cheaper materials just to make a sale.
Our goal is to put as much of the cost of the product as possible back into the product itself - no “bells and whistles” or “sugar coating” to get you to buy our product. Our products are much the same as we conduct our business and live our lives – plain and simple. The craftsmanship speaks for itself…