The Penrod

Our mission
Penrod customers are assured our strong commitment to compliance, competitive price, the greatest access to variety, prompt responsiveness, innovative solutions and personalized service, all supported by a comprehensive international communications and delivery network.
Our promise
We deliver the solutions you need, when you need them.

Things you should know…

Penrod sells to most manufacturers of hardwood plywood in North America.
The years Penrod has been delivering world-class customer service.
The chance your home (if it was built in the last 10 to 15 years) has a Penrod hinge in it.
The hours it takes for Penrod to ship your hardware order after receiving it.
A leader in the industry
The world of Penrod


  • Virginia Beach, VA (HQ)
  • NC
  • OR
  • CA
  • TX


  • Quebec


  • Shanghai


  • Ivory Coast
  • Gabon
  • Ghana


  • Paris, France PENROD Europe Headquarters


John Noble Penrod started “Penrod Wood & Company” in Wabash, Indiana, in 1888. Today, Penrod is a global distribution company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, with offices on every major continent around the globe, and with distribution on five continents.

Through an integrated and automated international communications and data delivery network, the company distributes the finest selection of forest, metal and PVC products available. Penrod customers are assured quality products, the access to a broad product mix, and exemplary service that starts with a prompt response.

While our reach is global, our touch is personal — our customers enjoy individual attention, innovative solutions and the understanding that product specifications and timeline requirements will be as important to us as they are to you.

Teamwork leads the way

Edward A. (Buzz) HeIdt
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Heidt joined Penrod in 1970 and, since 1983, has led a team that oversaw Penrod’s expansion into international markets; he directed the change in the structure of the company by focusing on importing, making Penrod a leading worldwide supplier in the Specialty Building Materials Industry.

Mr. Heidt is active outside the company, as a former chairman of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association (HPVA), a member of many professional associations, and participates on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Forest Products in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Heidt is also actively involved in the American Red Cross, and recently served as Vice-Chair of the American Red Cross Board of Governors. He currently serves on the Governing Board of the International Federation of Red Cross based in Geneva, and as Chairman of the Board of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the largest free-standing children’s hospital in the state of Virginia.

Mr. Heidt holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

President & COO, Forest Products
Mr. Heidt joined Penrod in 1998 and began his career in a sales trainee position. In 2004, he became the sales manager and later manager of what is now the Forest Products division at Penrod.

In 2010, he was elected president of St-Raymond Veneer (SRV). With his current responsibilities, Mr. Heidt oversees the distribution of Penrod’s forest products in North America and the overall management of SRV.

Mr. Heidt was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the North American Industry Trade Association, the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association (HPVA).

Mr. Heidt holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Karsten Nielsen
President & COO, Hardware & PVC Products
A native of Denmark, Mr. Nielsen commenced his professional career with the East Asiatic Company, Ltd. in Copenhagen in 1974. There, he completed EAC’s Executive Program, followed by various managerial positions in production, inventory control and sales.

Mr. Nielsen operated his own company, Atlantic Millwork, after leaving East Asiatic in 1980. Atlantic Millwork was producing millwork products and started importing hinges and hardware in 1982. After closing the company in 1987, Mr. Nielsen started Penrod’s Hardware division in 1988. In 2004, he started the PVC division, XO by Penrod.

Scott D. Kephart
CPA – Corporate Controller
With 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Kephart joined Penrod in 2013. Prior to his career at Penrod, Mr. Kephart worked at managerial / supervisory levels with Ferguson Enterprises and the City of Norfolk, and as assistant controller with Cox Auto Trader.

Mr. Kephart holds a B.S. in Accounting from Old Dominion University. Mr. Kephart is a licensed CPA.

The Penrod Company
272 Bendix Road Suite 550, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 USA
phone 757-498-0186 • fax 757-498-1075

From its inception in 1888 as a manufacturer of forest products, Penrod has grown to be one of the world’s largest suppliers of forest products, metal and PVC products for the residential and commercial construction markets. With offices in every major region around the globe, distribution centers on most continents, and an efficient trade network, we are an international leader in the industries we service. Penrod is proud to embrace the concept of sustainable forestry as an essential element to our success as a company and as a solidly compliant, responsible global citizen.

The Penrod Company • All Rights Reserved ©1888–Red Chalk Studios

The Penrod Company • All Rights Reserved ©1888–Red Chalk Studios