- It’s not every day you get a call to be on reality tv show. But in one day, two local businesses got that call from the History Channel.
"We went up last Wednesday and we thought that we were just going to talk about being in the series. But when we got there...they said, ‘we’re shooting today for your role in Ax Men,’ so we kind of had to get up to speed," says Ray Burgan, Owner of Enterprise Wood Products.
Wednesday the film crew came to Rhinelander to shoot more scenes.
It all started when "Ax Men" producers contacted the companies looking for someone who reclaims wood.
They knew just the company - Old Globe. It owns old grain elevators in Superior.
Steve Ory, owner of Northern Wood Innovations says Old Globe "bought them when the economy was good, thinking that the lumber would stay good. The housing industry went south. Along with that, they went south. The story line's going to be them going bankrupt and us being kind of their savior by buying the lumber."
Northern Wood Innovations cleans the wood and takes out the nails. It then sells it to Enterprise Wood Products which manufactures reclaimed wood floors.
Tom Ory, Manager of Northern Wood Innovations, was surprised that "something that we deal with on a day-to-day basis was something that a tv show would be interested in filming and being a part of."
The men may be experts in the wood industry but they will admit they had no idea what to expect when it came to filming.
Burgan says, "It was all impromptu. There was no script. We had to just start talking when they said shoot. We kind of knew the story line and what was going to be on there but I think it was fun."
"You have to go over it three or four times in a row to get it right. They make you reshoot and reshoot and reshoot until it came out like they wanted it," adds Steve Ory.
Soon these Northwoods companies will be known by people across the country and their owners are hoping that their appearance on the History Channel will help improve business.
"We’re also looking to hopefully boost our sales through some national presence on tv," says Burgan.
The companies will be featured on the 6th season of Ax Men. It is expected to air in November.
|Story By: Lauren Stephenson