IT'S A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN JUST WOOD FOR GRILLING.
WILDWOOD GRILLING IN SANDPOINT HAS BECOME A NATIONAL
LEADER IN THE MANUFACTURING OF GRILLING PLANKS, WRAPS
AND SMOKING CHIPS.
MADE IN THE NORTHWEST.
FOR A LONG TIME.
THE COMPANY THAT IS NOW WILDWOOD GRILLING MADE A WIDE
VARIETY OF WOOD PRODUCTS.
THINGS LIKE DECKING AND FENCING.
THEN ONE DAY.
A GUY WALKED IN WITH SOME SHINGLES AND SAID...
'i want you to make some pieces here that we're going
to cook on.' and i just started laughing at him.
we went ahead and did it -- made sure he paid us in
advance -- and we tried it and it was incredible.
and we were all in from then on.
WHEN THE RECESSION HIT IN 2008.
ERNIE BRANDT SAYS WHILE MOST AREAS OF HIS BUSINESS
FOOD PRODUCTS ACTUALLY DOUBLED.
so we stayed with it and grew it and i am very proud
of this team because we're the category leader.
WILDWOOD GRILLING'S 60 EMPLOYEES MAKE PLANKS IN CEDAR,
MAPLE AND FOUR OTHER FLAVORS.
THEY ALSO MAKES WRAPS AND SMOKING CHIPS.
BUT ITS PRODUCTS DO MORE THAN JUST FLAVOR YOUR FOOD.
we create an experience that people can gather around
the table and enjoy time together and create a great
not only are the planks perfect for adding flavor
to what you're cooking, but the steam helps keep it
moist while you cook.
people let us know the recipes that they've tried
at home and trying the recipes that we've shared with
and it's great.
THE PLANKS START A RANDOM LENGTH LUMBER FROM LOCAL
we have chop saws and rip saws and so forth and we
cut the pieces out and we defect trim it.
THEY'RE RUN THROUGH THE RE-SAW.
WHICH CUTS IT INTO TWO HALF INCH THICK PIECES.
so we run them through a sander on both sides that
smooths them out.
ALL SIX SURFACES OF THE PLANK ARE SANDED.
IT GOES THROUGH THE MOLDER.
WHICH FINISHES THE EDGE.
we get a nice, eased edge on there, so it takes away
any slivers and then they're all exactly the same
THE PLANKS ARE THEN BROUGHT UPSTAIRS FOR BRANDING.
that's hot stamp branded on there at about 700 degrees
WILDWOOD HAS OVER 500 DIFFERENT PLATES FOR BRANDING
AFTER THE PLANKS ARE SHRINK WRAPPED.
THEY'RE READY FOR SHIPPING.
WILDWOOD PRODUCES ANYWHERE FROM 100 TO 300 THOUSAND
OF THEM PER MONTH.
AND YOU CAN FIND THEM ALL OVER.
like yoke's or super one, but national chains, whole
we're also in several big restaurant chains, cruise
lines, specialty kitchen stores.
AND BECAUSE COOKING WITH SMOKE IS ONLY GETTING MORE
WILDWOOD IS CONSIDERING EXPANDING ITS PRODUCT LINE.
we keep getting opportunities to go into bigger arenas
and we're taking them in measured steps.
BUT WHATEVER THE NEXT STEP.
WILDWOOD WILL CONTINUE HELPING YOU FLAVOR YOUR FOOD.
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST.
I'M DEREK DEIS.
KXLY 4 NEWS.
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