Building on Strong Roots
Javan Mallery, founder and president, established Wolverine in 1996. Javan is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and a graduate of NHLA Inspection School. Javan and his wife, Francine, and their children, make their home in Dorr, MI. Javan grew up in the hardwood business. His dad and several extended family members have been in the hardwood lumber industry for over 100 years, dating back to the original Mallery Lumber Company of Hancock, NY, and Emporium, PA.
Wolverine is based on the same family ideals Javan believes that a company has to be a family to succeed. Wolverine has a full-time lumber purchaser as well as a sales staff to help you fill your needs. The yard force is made up of twenty dedicated guys, including two lumber graders, both graduates of the NHLA inspection school, who are on site every day.
Wolverine products include primarily green and kiln-dried no. 2 common and better northern hardwoods. Species include Cherry, Soft and Hard Maple, Red Oak, Beech, Ash, Poplar, Walnut, Hickory, Figured Wood, and a variety of miscellaneous species. We feature six, 50,000 board foot capacity dry kilns. Wolverine maintains T-sheds capable of storing 500,000 board feet. Equipment includes a Newman 382, a plainer, a stacker, trimmer, and straight line rip. The facility is powered by a wood-waste boiler system and the majority of the area is paved. Our primary focus is marketing to end users, such as manufacturers of furniture, cabinets, moldings, and flooring. In addition to U.S. and Canadian sales, we export lumber to Europe and Asia. Most orders are shipped via truck or containers. Just-in-time shipments can also be accommodated.
Wolverine Hardwoods is an active member of the Penn-York Lumberman’s Club, Michigan Association of Timbermen, Lake States Lumber Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumberman’s Association, Michigan Forest Resources Alliance, and the Wood Links U.S.A. Wolverine works with these organizations to address issues involving the industry. We are involved in the education process to help get the message to the public that if we manage our forests properly, we will never run out of strong, healthy forests.
Wolverine takes pride in maintaining relationships with both new and established customers. By meeting both the customers’ and suppliers’ needs, we can build lasting relationships with both. It is our goal to find a need and meet it.
Key Members of Our team
Javan has worked in the lumber industry for over 30 years. He is a graduate of NHLA Inspection school and Roberts Wesleyan College. Javan started his lumber career as a stacker and later progressed to a lumber inspector, yard supervisor, eventually sales and purchasing.
Paul always knew he wanted to follow in his family’s footsteps and work in the Hardwood Lumber Industry. After holding various positions in production, including 10 years as a lumber grader, he joined the sales force in 2020. Paul is looking forward to using his product knowledge to help meet the needs of his customers.
Doug joined the Wolverine Family in 2019. Doug brings 32 years of sales and business development experience in the Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood industry. Doug enjoys the relationships he has earned and takes great satisfaction in meeting his customer’s requirements in a very challenging industry.
Following his Father into the Hardwood lumber business Dave attended the NHLA Grading School and has since had a 30+ year career that spanned grading lumber, brokering, purchasing lumber and dimension, yard manager and sales. Dave thoroughly enjoys the relationships he has developed in the industry and is proud to be member of the team at Wolverine Hardwoods.