Whitewater Forest Products

Over one hundred years of quality you can depend on.

From the storefronts of the most recognized national brands to the finest homes in the country,
wherever you'll find quality, you'll find Whitewater.

We produce architectural millwork & wood products for the most demanding customers.

Whether you furnish custom trim packages for homes, retail or commercial buildings, cabinetry, stair parts or other industrial or manufactured wood components, we can supply you with the finest solid wood products at a fair price (and in a timely fashion) in the industry.

We're regularly involved in everything from fully custom one offs and historical restoration projects to developing stocking programs for any and all of items our customers need to allow them to get what they need, when they need it. We stock a variety imported & domestic species ready to machine for customer needs.

Capabilities: One offs to OEM Stocking Programs

We have a state of the art 60,000sf facility featuring a computerized, optimized rip, chop and moulding line, double surfacing planer, wide belt sander, automated clamp carrier & RF glue line, as well as CNC tooling equipment to allow us to produce everything we need on site.

Our services include but are not limited to

  • Custom millwork & mouldings
  • OEM Components for one off and ongoing projects
  • Stair treads
  • Surfacing
  • Rip to size
  • Cut to size
  • Custom glued up components and panels

In addition to our full manufacturing & OEM services, we distribute domestic and imported hardwoods, specialty plywoods, and white pines.

We stock various imported & domestic species kiln dried, random width x random length in various grades 4/4-8/4 (heavier stock available in many cases) including but not limited to:

  • Hard & Soft Maple - Sap, Brown, Unselected
  • White Oak - Plainsawn, Rift, Quartered
  • Hickory - Calico, Dark, Sap
  • Poplar
  • Cherry
  • Red Oak
  • Ash
  • Sapele
  • Jatoba
  • Red Grandis
Please call us for an up to date inventory.

For Architects, Designers, and General Contractors

To assist our customers, we consult directly with architects, designers, and general contractors regarding proper material selection to fit a job, design, and more. We're able to do site visits for gathering information for mock ups, CAD and 3D models, and producing sample pieces prior to beginning a full production run.

If you feel we can be of assistance please call us at 877.235.5861

Fleet & Shipping: Nationwide

We ship nationally via a network of third party carriers and operate our own fleet to ensure on time delivery.

Our trucks regularly deliver to the following states:

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana

Our Story: Five Generations, One Name

For over 150 years, our family has been manufacturing and distributing quality forest products. Our story begins in the mid 1800s when Hugh Shiels arrived in the Ohio river valley from Ireland. On the banks of the Ohio, he set up a veneer mill and a hardwood mill.

In the latter part of the 1800s, Hugh’s son Charles opened his own lumber distribution company to service the burgeoning industrial markets in the Cincinnati area, ranging from supplying foundries for machine tool manufacturing to furniture and cabinet building.

The company eventually wound up in the hands of Charles' youngest son Richard, who pushed heavily into the domestic hardwood markets. In 1965 Richard’s son Dan (our president) began working for his father as a janitor after school. Richard passed suddenly in 1968, leaving the company to his wife Marjorie.

In 1971 Dan graduated from the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspector Training School. Following inspection school, he moved to the east coast where he graded imported species at the Port of Baltimore and domestic production at sawmills before returning to Cincinnati a few years later.

Dan was able to work his way up through the company, building a strong reputation for impeccable service and top notch quality, ultimately serving as President from 1986-2010. Having grown up with his dad taking him down to the yard, Chase started in the summer of 1999 in between school until his dad&rsquos departure in 2010, doing everything from cleaning bathrooms to working at the dry kilns and meeting with vendors. Today, he’s responsible for overseeing day to day operations, technology (including Whitewater’s proprietary cloud platform), and purchasing rough lumber.

Today, Whitewater represents the sole fifth generation of our family in the lumber business. This gives us the advantage of a long term outlook rather than concerns about meeting a quarterly earnings goal and gives our customers, vendors, and employees the security of knowing there’s a strong succession plan in place to continue the company.

We pride ourselves on running one of the most modern operations in the industry, and invest heavily in it because we know what it takes to stick around for the long haul. From a state of the art computerized millwork plant to maximize yield and minimize production time to a mobile dispatched fleet, our goal is to provide the best experience for our customers, team members, and vendors - without them, we wouldn't be here.

150+ years in we feel it’s safe to say that both quality and sustainability are our ingrained into our DNA.

This isn't just what we do, this is who we are.

We appreciate all of our incredible customers & vendors who have been with us over the years, we look forward to serving you for many more.


2720 Moraine Way
Batavia, OH 45103
Toll Free: 877.235.5861