Jim Tenbusch is a stalwart advocate for SWP’s custom wood products and their craftsmanship.

A New Legacy

Over 30 Years of Service

“I’ve been here at SWP since 1988, full time,” said Jim Tenbusch. “I worked under my dad’s tutelage. And he retired at 60, but he never left until he was 76. So, I gained a lot of his knowledge and a lot of his wisdom, some of his sense of humor. But, I also understand there are sometimes things that aren’t in our realm that we have to go outside to get original ideas on how we want to do things. And I’m not averse to doing that. 

“I asked questions all the time. I want to know how things work. I went to Michigan Tech University. I didn’t graduate. I was one of those people that at some point; I decided school wasn’t for me anymore, and I needed to work. So, my first job out of college was working for a pultrusion company in the Detroit area, and my dad drew on my knowledge to understand how pultrusion worked before we made our composite shapes.”

A FMTV 20-foot troop seat transport vehicle in a field of wheat. Jim Tenbusch is responsible for SWP's success over the last 30 years of selling custom wood products to residential customers and the US military.

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Typically, when you have an FRP (fiberglass resin product), it is a mixture of a resin, fiberglass roving, and filler. Our fiberglass composites feature more resin and fiberglass and less filler. Watch our video to learn more.

Military Spec materials help people looking out for pleasant appearances, longevity and utility. Watch our video to learn more.

Two blocks from our current location in 1944, Al Stephan (Steff-ANN), a tinkerer and inventor, satisfied the local need of wooden clothespins. Watch our video to learn more.

The military knows that if they come to Stephan Wood Products for a solution, we’re going to give them a solution. Watch our video to learn more.

When we have a customer that comes to us for a project, custom or otherwise, the first thing we want to know is if we already have the material they need in our inventory. Watch our video to learn more.

Waterparks and theme parks, particularly in southern states, all use products that don’t hold up and need constant replacement. We do. Watch our video to learn more.

Stephan Wood Products is unique in our field because we offer a lot of different products. Watch our video to learn more.

All Stephan Wood Products are made to military specification. We have a resin system that’s been in place since 1991. Watch our video to learn more.

Natural wood will twist, warp, cup, absorb moisture, and split on the ends. Plus, wood doesn’t always hold paint. Watch our video to learn more.

Any potential client of ours can email from our contact form on our web page and call. Watch our video to learn more.

If it comes from our facility, it’s something that is going to work for you. Watch our video to learn more.

Electrodeposition coating, or e-coat, is the penultimate stage of our painting system. Watch our video to learn more.

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