THE BEKA STORY
BEKA, Inc. is a specialty manufacturer, producing high quality wood products for nearly forty years in our family owned St. Paul, Minnesota workshop.
Beka has been owned and operated by an extended family group, including brothers Jamie, Richard and Peter Kreisman for 38+ years. Now moving into the next generation, Jamie has been joined by his son Jonathon, as Richard and Peter explore the concept of retirement. They provide stability and direction, insuring all products and policies are compatible with their personal standards. They also make sure they’re fun to use.
We began producing specialty wood products in 1973, originally building hand weaving looms for sale through specialty yarn stores. In the early 1980’s, our focus shifted to include large scale creative play products for children, in addition to a growing line of handweaving equipment. The BEKA name is now known throughout the specialty toy market, the fiber craft market and school supply industry for our high quality weaving and knitting tools for adults; plus the easels, puppet theaters, unit blocks and other creative play products we make for children.
We describe ourselves as a “manufacturer” because we personally make the things we sell (something becoming more rare every year, or so it seems). Our unique modular designs give our customers great flexibility in choosing product features, but it is Select Hard Maple and Cherry, fashioned by Skilled Woodworkers that provide the backbone for the quality products we produce. We combine the economy and efficiency of volume manufacturing with the personal service of a small, family owned business. You’ll enjoy the Beka difference!