TOP LOGGERS in the West
The media constantly reports on
the downsizing of companies, the closing of mills, and the few trees being
harvested. They rarely speak to the men and women succeeding in the industry or
the companies that have taken harvesting to the next level and define forest
Last year Timber/West featured the
top contractors in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Northern California and
Montana. We are doing it again to point to just a few of the individuals and
companies that are taking the industry to the next level.
As no records are kept of logging
contractors' total annual volumes - except by the contractors themselves - we
went out and called on the contractors to obtain the information. We discovered
there were many companies out there not only surviving in these difficult times,
but thriving. And there was no "high producing" location.
The top producers were spread
across the map. Even if your company wasn't listed, you're still winners. It
takes an exceptional company to not only weather the constant changes, but stay
productive and profitable in today's economy. Hat's off to you all! For various
reasons, some contractors whose companies should appear on this list asked to be
excluded from this feature. In view of that, the list is as complete as we can
make it. We look forward to your feedback. If you have information you think
should be included, please contact us.
Steve Henderson Logging, Inc.
Owner: Steve Henderson. Head Office: Lewiston,
Idaho. Established in 1972.
Harvest information: 100% softwood, 93% tree-length
and 7% cut-to-length.Volume: 87.67 mmbf
Huffman & Wright Logging
Roger Wright, Pres.; Ralph Huffman,Vice Pres.; Harold
Huffman,V.P. Head office: Canyonville, Oregon.
Established in 1958. Harvest information:
95% softwood/conifer, 5% hardwood, 70% tree-length
and 5-10% cut-to-length. hardwood.Volume: 62 mmbf
Robinson Enterprises, Inc.
Lowell Robinson, President. Head Office: Nevada City,
California. Established in 1947. Harvest information:
100% softwood.Volume: 59.2 mmbf
Bighorn Logging, Corp.
Owner: Harve Dethlefs. Head Office: Banks, Oregon.
Established in 1981. Havest information:
95% softwood, 5% hardwood, 65% tree-length
and 35% cut-to-length.Volume: 56 mmbf
Owner: Jerry Hammer. Head Office: Deming,
Washington. Established in 1990. Harvest information:
80% softwood, 20% hardwood, 60% tree-length,
40% cut-to-length.Volume: 52 mmbf
C&C Logging Company
Owner: Frank and Lee Chandler. Head Office:
Longview,Washington. Established in 1967.
Harvest information: 80% softwood, 20% hardwood,
tree-length and cut-to-length.Volume: 49 mmbf
Nielsen Brothers Inc.
Owner: Robert and David Nielsen. Head Office:
Bellingham,Washington. Established in 1979.
Havest information: 70% softwood, 30% hardwood, 80%
tree-length and 20% cut-to-length.Volume: 47 mmbf
Whitestone Logging Inc.
Owner: Keith Walker. Head Office: Hoonah, Alaska.
Established in 1950. Havest information: 100%
softwood, 100% cut-to-length.Volume: 45+ mmbf
Wimer Logging Co.
Owner: Weyerhaeuser/Wimer, Head Office: Albany,
Oregon. Established: 1948. Harvest information:
95% softwood, 5% hardwood, 100% cut-to-length.
Volume: 45 mmbf.
We want to give special recognition to contract cutters
who also brought down a staggering number of board
feet this past year.
Burer's Contract Cutting
Owner: Michael J. Bruer's a cutting contractor.
Head office: Dallas, Oregon. Established in 1980.
Harvest information: 90% softwood, 10% hardwood,
90% tree-length and 10% cut-to-length.
Volume: 240 mmbf.
DeBriae Logging Company, Inc.
Owner: Jerry DeBriae. Head Office: Kathlamet,
Washington. Established 1974. Harvest information:
Primarily softwood, 100% tree-length.
Volume: 132 mmbf.
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