Birchwood Manufacturing Company was founded in 1947. The company s production facility features several rotary cutting lines to produce thin stock panels and thick rotary veneers. It also features inline Babcock Press Dryers, splicing lines and a veneer dying operation. Birchwood Manufacturing Company is a part of Besse Forest Products Group, which manufactures northern hardwood veneer, lumber and specialty plywood. With more than 1,200 employees, Besse Forest Products Group is one of the largest producers of hardwood veneers in North America. The group also operates Hatley Veneer Company, Abrams Lumber Company, Besse Lumber Company and Wisconsin Veneer and Plywood.