Craftsmanship, Quality and Pride

Since 1871, the Forshaw name has stood for exceptional quality and value. Experienced craftsmen employ only the finest materials in producing a finished product that is not only beautiful, but durable as well. From the rich oak and attractive poplar mantels, to imported marble and slate surrounds and hearths, Forshaw guarantees your complete satisfaction.

Hand-Made Heirlooms

Based out of our Bridgeton, MO manufacturing and distribution facility, our custom wood mantels are known for their exceptional quality and timeless beauty. Our commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail sets us apart as a leader in the custom wood mantel industry.

As a company rooted in heritage and craftsmanship, we take pride in our Bridgeton, MO facility, where innovation meets tradition to produce custom wood mantels that stand the test of time. With every mantel we create, we contribute to transforming houses into homes, enriching lives through the warmth and beauty that only a meticulously Forshaw-crafted custom wood mantel can provide.

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Our Location

Located just minutes from Lambert International Airport, Forshaw manufactures and supplies hearth and outdoor products in our facility in the Earth City Business Park of North St. Louis County.

Our Story

A Story of Dedication to the Hearth Business

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Our Beginning

Forshaw of St. Louis Inc. was founded in 1871 by Joseph Forshaw, who moved to the USA from England at the age of 19.  He was a cabinetmaker by trade and began his company on Cole Street producing the wood molds for making cast iron parts. The business moved to 12th Street near Chestnut in 1890. By then it had become a large supplier of cast iron parts.

The Second Generation

In 1925, Joseph Forshaw, Jr. took over the company after his father´s death. He had been a 4-time Olympic marathon runner, winning the bronze medal in the 1908 London Games. In 1926, he expanded the business into wrought iron fireplace fixtures by acquiring the inventory of a distressed business.  In 1932, Forshaw moved to a new location on 12th street. In 1948, the company transitioned into new segments relevant to post-war life.  The company began a wholesale trade to dealers and builders by expanding its offering of fireplace fixtures and accessories.

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Continued Hearth Excellence

Joseph Forshaw III and Frederic DuBois relocated the business to its present flagship retail location on Lindbergh Boulevard in 1957. At that time, there was very little business in the area, but the company continued to thrive. It was during this time that the company expanded into many of the wholesale and retail categories it is best known for today: casual outdoor furniture, factory-built fireplaces, and fireplace doors.

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The Fourth Generation

Joseph Forshaw IV and Rick Forshaw Sr. assumed control of the business in the early 1980s.  A new state-of-the-art facility was built in Bridgeton in 2001 to accommodate the company’s expansion into new construction fireplace supply & installation, granite fabrication, wood mantel fabrication, sheet metal fabrication, and its growing wholesale distribution business. A branch in Jefferson City was opened for new construction supply of fireplace and barbeque products, and this store still serves the Jeff City and Lake of the Ozarks areas.  The location on Lindbergh Boulevard was expanded throughout the 1990s and 2000s to accommodate growing variety and selection of products.  When Joe IV retired in 2016, the company had grown from a retail store selling some fireplace and patio products into a retailer, wholesaler, and manufacturer specializing in a huge range of patio, hearth, and barbeque products.

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2000s & Looking Forward

Currently, the firm is entering the fifth generation of family ownership.  Rick Forshaw Sr. is president and CEO, Rick Forshaw Jr. is a Vice President, Peter Forshaw is an IT manager, John Forshaw is a Sales Representative, and Nathan Forshaw is a Sales Manager (pictured from left to right).

In 2009, the firm acquired READYBUILT, a Baltimore-based manufacturer of Custom Wood Mantels to bolster its offering with traditional wood mantels.

In 2012, the firm launched its modular outdoor kitchen fabrication department, and is now one of the largest providers of outdoor kitchens in the Midwest.

In 2017, Forshaw acquired the assets of Dagan Industries, further expanding its presence into wholesale dealers of fireplace products.

Despite the volatility and challenges of the early 2020s, the family and business are excited for what the future of hearth will bring.