Somerset is a vertically integrated forest products company and one of the largest manufacturers of Appalachian lumber and hardwood flooring in the United States. We own and manage timberlands and are one of the largest lumber buyers in our region. By being vertically integrated, we are able to manage the entire manufacturing process, producing the finest quality products while making the best use of our natural resources. We believe that’s an important Somerset advantage.

Here’s how we do it:

Somerset Employs a Full-Time Forestry Staff

We are one of only a few major flooring manufacturers to own and manage our own timberland and to employ a full time forestry staff. They put together 100-year plans for the forest we own. We think it’s the right thing to do for the future of our company, our employees, and our families.

Somerset Lumber Manufacturing

somerset-wood_shed-forkliftAt Somerset Wood Products, we manufacture kiln-dried Appalachian red oak, white oak, ash, hickory, hard maple, soft maple, cherry, aromatic cedar, poplar, and basswood lumber. Our lumber comes from our own saw mill and saw mill partners within a 150 mile radius of our operations. Somerset lumber is used in the manufacture of Somerset residential hardwood flooring and is also sold to other lumber users in the United States and exported to select countries.

Somerset Hardwood Flooring

somerset-floors_harvest-oakOur largest division turns the "flooring grades" of Appalachian hardwood lumber into fine "Made in the USA" solid and engineered residential flooring. We take great pride and satisfaction in the fact that our flooring is enjoyed in homes across North America. The sawdust generated in our manufacturing processes is used to provide heat and steam to fuel our operations, or goes to supply our wood pellet fuel facility.

Somerset Pellet Fuel

pelletbagsThe excess wood fiber and sawdust collected throughout the flooring manufacturing process supplies our state-of-the-art Wood Pellet Fuel division, where we produce premium grade clean-burning wood fuel pellets. Here, more than 50,000 tons of wood fiber and sawdust generated each year, instead of going to a landfill, goes to making an economical and environmentally-friendly alternative energy source. This, in turn, helps decrease our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. Somerset brand pellets are sold across the U.S. through major pellet distributors and retailers for use in pellet stoves.

We work hard to be a different kind of company—one that does the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. This applies not only to how we treat our environment, but to everything we do at Somerset.



    Corporate Headquarters is in Somerset, Kentucky, with multiple manufacturing facilities located in the heart of Appalachian timberlands.

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    Somerset employs a full time forestry staff that puts together 100-year plans for the forest we own. Shown here: Steve Merrick, CEO (left) with Hagan Wonn, Chief Forester (right).

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    Somerset has earned Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification and manufactures FSC-certified products by special order. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) provides third-party certification confirming that materials used are harvested from well-managed forests.

  • ahmilogoSomerset is proud to be a member of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. AHMI has verified data from the U.S. Forest Service that timber harvesting from the Appalachian Hardwood Territory as defined by AHMI is able to meet present needs without compromising those of future generations sustainably.