Alberta’s Top Ten
Logging and Sawmilling Journal’s second series featuring Canada’s leading logging contractors continues this month with the Top 10 Logging Contractors of Alberta. This is the second installment in the current series and follows the lists for coastal and interior British Columbia that ran in our October 2001 issue.
Like the lists we published last year, the current series is based solely on harvested volumes—in this case for the year or season of 2000—and does not rank the contractors on any other criteria. These lists reflect our intention to determine, on a regional basis, the largest logging contractors in the industry.
As expected, the new list of top Alberta contractors reflects several changes in the industry itself and in regional harvesting conditions. Volumes have fluctuated substantially for many of the players—both up and down—as a comparison of this list with the previous list, which ran in our October 2000 issue, reveals.
In talking with Alberta contractors it becomes apparent that many of the reasons for the fluctuations are shared across the country. The continuing toll of the countervail and tariffs on softwood lumber exports to the US is hitting everyone hard and is cited almost unanimously as a major concern. As well, there are the usual changes in contracts, both lost and gained, and a few buyouts. The main reason Alberta contractors give for the many decreases in harvested volumes this year is a result of the completion in 1999—the year on which our previous lists were based—of forest-fire-related salvage operations. In turn, the wood volumes harvested in those salvage operations left many mills with holdover volumes that, in some cases, are still in the mill yard.
Some say 2001 will be better and others are not so sure. The main challenge for contractors, shared with every other sector of the industry, is that of weathering the current storm.
As this series becomes of interest to more and more readers, these lists of contractors become easier for us to compile. There are, however, a few contractors who are not interested in participating. So once again, this list is as complete as we can make it. If you have information that you think we should include, please get in touch with us.
Future issues of the magazine will focus on other regional top contractors over the coming year. So stay tuned and check us out on the Web at www.forestnet.com
1. D & J Isley and Sons Contracting Ltd
Owners: Roy and Morgan Isley • Head office: Grande Prairie Areas of operation: Alberta • Soft and hardwood/Tree length and cut-to-length Volume: 850,000 cubic metres
2. Garden River Logging Co (1988) Ltd Owners: Danny, Wayne and Doug Dechant • Head office: High Level Areas of operation: High Level, Manning • Soft and hardwood/ Tree length and cut-to-length • Volume: 590,000 cubic metres
3. Dechant Logging Ltd Owners: Alphonse and Alvis Dechant • Head office: High Level Areas of operation: Valleyview • Soft and hardwood/Tree length Volume: 404,000 cubic metres
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