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About us:

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We are a manufacturer and retailer of quality wood moudlings. We carry a wide selection of stair parts, tongue and groove paneling, fireplace mantels, dimensional boards, pre-hung doors, locksets and door hardware.   We produce over 75% of the products we sell.  Customers are often amazed when they walk into our warehouse and see the miles and miles of mouldings and dimensional boards.
 
Our History:
Valley Planing Mill began business in 1963 when Edwin C. Schroeder, purchased a building at auction in the Appleton area. He was a general contractor and purchased the building to store his equipment. A planer that didn’t sell at the auction was left behind. Shortly thereafter, Edwin was contacted by a local lumberyard that needed some lumber planed.

“It was all Greek to me then” says Ed (Edward Schroeder, current CEO of Valley Planing Mill), who recalls going to work on Saturday with his father, Edwin. His job: planing lumber. Since the senior Schroeder was a contractor, he knew many people in the Fox Valley area who were in the business. As time went on, more and more people came to him for planing services. So the business grew. “My dad knew enough about business to determine his customers’ needs,” says Ed. “He purchased equipment for producing profile mouldings, and we were in business as a millwork and door supplier. At the time, we sold primarily to residential and commercial builders, with a small percentage sold direct at the retail level.” Upon his father’s retirement in 1978, Ed Schroeder took over as president of Valley Planing Mill.  In June of 2012, Cynthia Sanders became the new President of Valley Planing Mill after 10 years as Executive Vice President.
 
Expanding the business:
We stock over 70 different profiles of moudlings in Birch, Cherry, Pine, Poplar, Maple and Oak. We have a wide in-stock selection of interior doors in Birch, Oak and Pine and an exceptional selection of dimensional boards in Birch, Cherry, Clear (and Knotty) Pine, Poplar, Maple and Oak. In addition, over 175 special profiles of mouldings can also be produced on demand. Hundreds of styles of doors, stair parts and door hardware are also available and style choices are easily achieved through dozens of suppliers.

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Valley Planing has grown steadily over the past 49 years.  Four buildings (over 40,000 total sq. feet) at the corner of Hickory Farm Lane and W. Wisconsin Avenue.  Modernization and continual improvement have been a hallmark of the growth of Valley Planing.  An expanded and dedicated warehouse and spacious showroom and business offices were relocated to a new building on-site in 1995.

Our showroom is set up to serve both walk-in retail customers as well as contractors who sometimes accompany their customers to choose individual items or packages for the entire home. The showroom is more like a builders showcase than a facility packed with shelves of products.

We have displays, complete with accessories, that feature different moulding treatments. Contractors can send their customers to the showroom so they can actually see what the moulding will look like in their homes.  Do-It-Yourself displays are also featured including door hardware, interior doors, stair parts, and architectural elements such as columns.  Stop in for a cup of coffee and some expertise!  We're here to help.  We can give input and design assistance in making your material selections.