IP Founder,
Sam Elson.
It was 1951...
“An American in Paris” was the best picture. Humphrey Bogart and Vivien Leigh won best actor and actress Oscars. The Yankees beat the Giants in the World Series and Joe DiMaggio retired. The United States was deeply involved in the Korean War and the Cold War with Russia was intensifying. Many housewives were saving S&H green stamps and making Spam for dinner. Dads were buying a set of golf irons for about $30 and a new car for only $1500. You could buy a nice 6-room stone home in the suburbs for about $15,000

The original Industrial Plywood location at Front and Spruce, Reading, Pa.
And in May 1951, Sam Elson founded Industrial Plywood at Front and Spruce streets in Reading, Pennsylvania. Today, under the direction of Sid Bratt and Andy Wernick and with a staff approaching 20, Industrial Plywood — from its Reading corporate headquarters, and Lewistown, Pa., store — serves thousands of builders, cabinetmakers, remodelers, signmakers and craftsmen throughout Pennsylvania. It is one of the East Coast’s largest distributors of the best quality plywood, hardwoods, veneers, selective lumber products and Freud woodworking tools.

Industrial Plywood has grown from a facility with about 500 sq. ft. of space in the 1950s to its present Reading location at 550 South Fifth Street with more than 67,000 sq. ft. The firm’s success in an increasingly competitive marketplace is attributed to its excellent customer service and high quality products with competitive pricing. Industrial Plywood carries a diverse inventory that matches its broad customer base.

Groundbreaking for the present 67,000 sq. ft. Reading location, Sid Bratt (holding shovel) and Andy Wernick.

Among its top-notch suppliers* are Mt. Baker and Columbia Forest Products, North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood veneer, hardwood plywood and laminated products.

Due to the tremendous growth in business at our Lewistown store, Industrial Plywood has moved (only three blocks!) into a much larger location. The new showroom and warehouse have much more merchandise to better service our customers. The new address is 85 West Charles Street.

*(click here for a list of our suppliers)
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