To support our Made in America efforts, plans to re-activate a rail siding are also underway.
During these expansion efforts John also recognized the opportunity to create a trucking division. Chesapeake Wood Express handles plywood and other consumer products throughout the USA. It was time to add a new fleet of trucks, so the company purchased three sleeper cabs and 3 day cab tractor trailers between 2019 and 2020 with plans to purchase new trucks every 5-years. Plans to add a fuel and weigh station to the property are also in the works. Both Chesapeake Plywood and Chesapeake Wood Express have one of the newest fleets of trucks and trailers.
As Chesapeake Plywood hits this major anniversary milestone, one can’t help but reflect on how far the company has come over the past twenty years and how much it continues to grow.
Chesapeake Plywood is proud to report a specialty inventory of $4 million, a commodity inventory of over $3 million, sales of $25 million, and have nearly doubled the size of their dedicated team of employees.
John Emden has reached retirement age, but the vision continues to grow. His son, Jeff Emden, has been learning the business, over the last 20 years he has held every position at Chesapeake Plywood and now proudly runs the company as General Manager. He is backed by a staff of young, innovative people, all of whom started in entry level positions. Their ideas and enthusiasm continue to be greatly appreciated by management.
With plywood, warehousing, trucking, and custom milling fabrication, the opportunities are limitless. Chesapeake Plywood can be found online at www.chesapeakeplywood.com.
We are excited to see what the next 20 years hold in store for Chesapeake Plywood!