All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Maine Ornamental Woodworkers

Maine native and Washington State resident Rick Preble has earned a lot of money selling wooden post caps made from scrap lumber. His company—Maine Ornamental Woodworkers—dominates the market, but is headquartered in a rustic shack on Washington's Bainbridge Island.
It's hard to imagine a less prepossessing headquarters for a company that had $15 million in sales all over the country last year, with operations in Maine and China as well as here. "Dana and I used to joke about it," Preble says with a laugh. (Dana is Dana Smith, until recently his partner.) "Like when we got it to be a $10 million company. He was working in his chicken barn in Maine, and I was working on a dock with an outhouse. And we'd talk every morning — we'd joke about it." He looks around the office, and laughs again. "I mean, I've never had a customer out here!" [Link, via Neatorama]
Maine Ornamental has a manufacturing/distribution facility in Winthrop, and a manufacturing and office location in Eliot.

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