Seedorff Masonry Industries Co. (SMIco) originated in 1972 with the purchase of a sawmill in Hanover, IL. One year later, they acquired a pallet plant in Chester, IA that marked the beginning of the Midwest’s leading pallet manufacturer. Following 17 years of successfully growing the pallet business, SMIco experienced a fire at their Chester plant. They moved quickly to establish a new location to what is now their current address of Cresco, IA.
With SMIco’s expanding business, automation was a primary focus that triggered the purchase of their first Viking automated nailing machine in 2000. To support their increasing level of sales, SMIco purchased a second local pallet company in 2001 and converted it into a sawmill division that now provides approximately 60% of the lumber needed for their pallet production.
Consistent quality was and continues to be a leading driver for SMIco. 2004 marked the implementation of their first ISO Certification which has been continually updated and maintained to ISO 9001:2015.
In identifying our customers’ needs, SMIco added to their services in 2006 by becoming a certified producer of heat treated wood packaging when they constructed a new Dry Kiln to meet ISPM 15 requirements for international shipments and to provide an enhanced product for food suppliers.
SMIco purchased a second new turbo automated nailing machine in 2007 to support their growing business. In the next three years, they continued to expand services by adding a chipper line at the sawmill and automated stitching machines at the pallet plant.
A new 18,000 S.F. warehouse was built in 2012, providing environmentally controlled storage space that allows SMIco to provide our customers with just-in-time inventory.
To maintain the volume of sales and quality of our pallets, a state-of-the-art Turbo automated nailing machine was added in 2018 to update and improve the current automation in the plant.
We are going on 50 years of service and continue to strive for improved methods in our manufacturing process to ensure fast and consistent production and delivery. With a goal to be our customer’s number one choice for wood shipping products, our cohesive team at SMIco is dedicated to producing the highest quality products and customer service available.