New Vineyard, Maine – Maine Wood Concepts announced Oct. 3 that Jody Fletcher has been promoted to the position of company president. He previously served as vice president of the family owned and operated company. Jody is the younger brother of former president, Douglas Fletcher.
Douglas, who turns 65 next year, has assumed the role of CEO and will be assisting with the transition. He plans to retire from the family business once the transition is complete.
“Although the change in leadership may seem sudden to some,” Doug Fletcher said, “this has actually been a work in progress for quite some time now. Over the past few years we’ve worked hard to bring on the right talent necessary for us to move forward with our succession plans. Jody has been intimately involved with the senior management of the business for a very long time and we’ve worked closely over the past three decades to strengthen and grow the family business. I have every confidence in his ability to handle the challenges associated with the position of president.”
Maine Wood Concepts was originally called Maine Wood Turning and was created by Douglas and Jody’s father, Wayne (Buddy) G. Fletcher and his brother Earl C. Fletcher in 1971. Along with the many custom wood products they manufacture for hundreds of various customers, the business also includes the Lutz File & Tool Co., which manufactures and distributes a full line of wooden file handles and cleaners, as well as Fletchers’ Mill, which manufactures and distributes a high end line of pepper mills and rolling pins along with other assorted kitchen tools.
Since 1971, Maine Wood Concepts has been manufacturing custom wood turnings and moldings such as wooden nickels, craft items, toy parts, wooden knobs, handles and many various industrial wood components from Maine hardwoods. The company’s clients are primarily businesses nationwide that resell or use the products in the creation of other items.
In early 2005, Maine Wood Concepts acquired Cincinnati-based Lutz File & Tool Co., a file handle company that has been in business since 1904. Later in 2005, they also purchased the custom wood turning and molding division of Pride Mfg. Co. located in Guilford, Maine. In 2013, they purchased the gourmet division of well known drumstick manufacturer Vic Firth located in Newport, Maine. That line consisted of pepper mills, rolling pins and other related kitchen tools. All of the acquired companies were merged into one of two Maine Wood Concepts’ facilities, both located in New Vineyard. The company currently employs approximately 80 workers.