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The Baker McMillen Company History

The Baker McMillen Company began operations in 1874 in Akron, Ohio as a manufacturer of fine wood turnings. Tool handles and vacuum cleaner rollers were the core products which fueled the company's early growth. Baker McMillen furthered its development through the manufacture of components for the furniture industry and continues today as a producer of precision wood turnings with automated finishing and assembly capabilities.

Our sawmills are located in the breadbasket of some of the finest Northern White Ash found on the planet. All of the ash that we use is from sustainable stands of forests in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Every Log, Dowel and ultimately the handles are hand picked and sorted for the excellent quality that you've come to count on from Baker McMillen (and Crook Miller).

The Baker McMillen Company has also grown by acquisition and currently has three additional divisions under its umbrella:

· Waddell Manufacturing – Manufacturer and distributor of furniture components, dowels, moldings, shelving and hardware items. Waddell serves retailers and retail distribution networks in the Home Center/Hardware, Craft, and Mass Merchant Industries.  In 1995, Waddell blended with Phoenix Millwork, the distributor of decorative brackets, Victorian trim, and shelving.For additional information, please visit us on the web at

· Grand River – Manufactures and Distributes architectural wood components and millwork for use by professional craftsmen and OEM’s in the Kitchen & Bath Industry.  These products go to market via carefully selected distributor partners. For additional information, please visit us on the web at

· Crook-Miller - Sawmill and manufacturer of tool handles, flagpoles, and other specialty hardwood turnings.  Crook-Miller serves the O.E.M. tool manufacturer and handle replacement markets. For additional information, please visit