Conestoga Wood Specialties

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Conestoga Wood Specialties
Type Private
Industry Furniture
Founded East Earl, Pennsylvania (1964 (1964))
Founder(s) Norman and Samuel Hahn
Headquarters East Earl, Pennsylvania, United States
Key people Anthony Hahn, CEO

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a manufacturer of wood doors and components for kitchen, bath and furniture, based in East Earl, Pennsylvania. They have five factories, located in Washington, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, employing about 1,200 people.

The company was founded in 1964 by brothers Norman and Samuel Hahn[1] and several others, working from a garage in East Earl, Pennsylvania.[2] The company is still owned by Norman Hahn, one of the brothers. Anthony Hahn (son of Norman Hahn) is currently the CEO. One of their plants is across the road from that original garage, at 245 Reading Road.[2] They later added plants in Beavertown, Pennsylvania; Darlington, Maryland (closed in late 2007); Mountain View, Arkansas (closed); Jacksonville, Arkansas (closed); Kenly, North Carolina; Kent, Washington and Tooele, Utah (closed).[2]

Although the company deals both with manufacturers ordering thousands of pieces at a time, and custom shops needing one-off orders, they deal only with the trade, declining retail orders. Retail customers can purchase Conestoga products through Northwoods International Enterprises Inc. on their website at [1]

They are one of the largest employers of all manufacturing companies in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.[3]

In July 2013, a 2-1 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit went against the company, which claimed that it would be "sinful and immoral" for the Mennonite owners to pay for or support certain forms of contraception as required by compliance with the Affordable Care Act.[4]

While complying with the mandate to avoid fines of about $95,000 ($100 per employee) per day, in September 2013, Conestoga Wood Specialties successfully appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court,[5] which consolidated the case with Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.

The petition to review the ruling of whether a corporation can claim the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution on the free exercise of religion argues that the Court never denied the Free Exercise Rights to families and their business activities.[6]


  1. ^ a b CWS: about
  2. ^ a b c Shopping News of Lancaster County
  3. ^ Economic Development Corporation: Top Employers
  4. ^ July 26, 2013, "Conestoga Wood Specialties loses health care law challenge in federal court," Retrieved December 8, 2013
  5. ^ September 19, 2013, "Conestoga Wood appeals 'Obamacare' contraception requirement to US Supreme Court," Retrieved December 8, 2013
  6. ^ "NO. 13-356 In the Supreme Court of the United States CONESTOGA WOOD SPECIALTIES CORP., et al., Petitioners, v. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, et al.,Respondents. On Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit." Opens external PDF.

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