Lancaster County, Pa. — When I meet Anthony Hahn, president and CEO of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, he is carrying a Bible and a copy of the “Confession of Faith and Congregational Guidelines” for his branch of the Mennonite Church. On shelves in the conference room is a small library of business tomes: Handbook of Modern Finance, Financial Valuation: Businesses and Business Interests, and the 2003 handbook of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Faith and business have been part of the Hahn family’s experience since 1964, when Anthony’s father, Norman, and Norman’s brother Sam began a small woodworking firm across the street from the company’s current headquarters. Anthony isn’t blind to the tensions between his identities as Mennonite and businessman. “Amassing wealth,” as he put it, doesn’t make sense in a cosmological order in which this life is temporary and the fullness of life is in heaven. But “God blessed us with this company,” he says, and it requires their stewardship here and now.