2020 Gold Key Winner: Maze Nails

Karen Knapstein
Post Framers Have Depended on Maze Nails for Decades
Maze Nails is Celebrating 172 Years in Business In 2020!
Maze is one of the very few remaining mills committed to manufacturing nails in the United States of America. Located in Peru, Illinois, on a bluff overlooking the Illinois River, the Maze plant produces high-quality nails on efficient equipment, instills a strong customer focus and is committed to protecting the environment. With their manufacturing and development facility right here in the U.S., customers can count on nails that are “made for the job” while preserving valued manufacturing jobs here at home.
Maze had worked closely with the post frame construction industry for many decades – and designed such things as threaded nails (ring shank and screw shank for tremendous holding power), special Hot-Dipped rubber and silicone washer nails (to avoid frustrating leaks), oil-quench hardened nails (to drive well without bending) and hot-dip galvanized nails (for use with treated lumber and where ugly rusting must be avoided).
Founded in 1848 in Peru, Illinois by Samuel Nesbitt Maze, Maze Lumber (a division of Maze Company) is still in full operation – and is the oldest lumberyard in the State of Illinois. Maze Nails sprang to life in the late 1800s – when the lumberyard could not get good quality nails – and decided to make their own.
Maze is the nation’s largest maker of specialty nails – producing truckloads of double hot-dipped galvanized and stain- less steel nails for a variety of applications. Maze manufactures quality nails for metal roofing, post-frame construction, fiber cement siding, cedar and redwood siding, roofing, cedar shakes and shingles, PVC trim products, decking, fencing, and log home and timber-frame construction. Maze was the first nail mill to pack nails into 50-lb. and 5-lb. boxes, instead of the old 100-lb. wooden kegs.
The Maze family continues to run the operations – with the fifth and sixth generations actively involved with the company. President Roelif Loveland acknowledges, “It is because of our customers’ great support and enthusiasm for stocking, selling and using our meticulously engineered and manufactured line of 100% Made in the USA nails that we’re still in business today.”