About Wanke Cascade
Wanke Cascade began as Wanke Panel Company, founded in 1931 by Mr. A. E. Wanke. From the beginning, the commitment of each employee has been to provide quality products, with service second to none. Today we provide distribution services in five western states.
In addition to our state-of-the-art distribution center and corporate headquarters on Swan Island in Portland, Oregon, full-service branch facilities are located in Tukwila (Seattle) and Spokane, Washington.
In 1931, Wanke Panel Company distributed only one little-known product—namely, plywood. Gradually, new products were added. In 1959, new marketing opportunities were created by the addition of specialty floor covering lines which led to expansion into the Seattle/Spokane markets through the purchase of Cascade Sales Company in 1969. And in celebration of Wanke Panel Company’s 50th anniversary in 1981, the name of the company was officially changed to Wanke Cascade.
Wanke Cascade has always prided itself on offering products from many of the industry’s top brand names including Formica, ShawMark Carpet, IVC, Flexco, Ultimate RB and Dansk Hardwood, to name just a few.
Wanke Cascade’s sales and marketing efforts are based on highly successful programs backed by effective merchandising, sales training, display systems, and marketing support, all to ensure sell-through value to customers of our various products.
In 2006, the assets of Wanke Cascade were purchased by Wanke Cascade Distribution Ltd., a subsidiary of Buckwold Western Ltd., which also shares a long history in the flooring distribution business, in Western Canada. The company continues to operate under the trade name of Wanke Cascade and provides the same tradition of quality products and service that are second to none.