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About Us

At Okoboji Trading Company we have a deep connection to our community and country.  Homesteading in the Little Spirit and Grover’s Lake areas in the 1860s, my family farm is now part of Grover’s Lake Wildlife Area and Koppen’s Prairie, (my grandmother’s maiden name).   My Eagle Scout project, two large cedar plantations, still provides habitat at the entrance to Grover’s Lake and near Koppen’s Prairie.  On the maternal side of my family, my grandfather moved the family to the area, after selling their farm near Graettinger, Iowa, and eventually became the water superintendent for the City of Okoboji.  Their home on Smith’s Bay gave me a long-time appreciation for our beautiful natural resources.  When forming the company, it was my goal to couple the love for our area with the love for our country and appreciation of our veterans.  My father, who is actively involved in the business, is an army veteran, and my son, who is an owner, is an active-duty airman.  I relocated back to the area to pursue my vision of a community and country-based company.   Our overall goal, in part, is to make products that honor and support our community, country, and veterans.  As a woodworking and laser engraving company, we combine the precision of both the CNC and unlimited potential of two AP Lazer machines, to produce a wide variety of products, with virtually unlimited potential.  Whether it is a signature piece that will hang on your family’s wall for years to come, or a simple beverage cup, we strive to make products that bring out a feeling of nostalgia.  As a company focused on community and country, we are supporters of various organizations like the Wounded Warrior Foundation, Tunnels to Towers, Stronghold Rescue and Relief, Service6, and the several local organizations.

At O.T.C. whether it is one of our signature items, or a personal vision that inspires you, we pride ourselves on bringing you a quality item to add to your home.  Pick from one of our quality handmade items or share your idea with us and let us bring it to life.