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The Top Companies in Alberta's Forest Industry

Logging & Sawmilling Journal is once again pleased to present its list of Alberta's top logging contractors by volume, as well as the province's top producers of lumber and panelboard.

Mill closures and curtailments have had a significant impact on the volume of forest products manufactured in Alberta and the amount of work available to logging contractors. For example, the Alberta Forest Products Association estimates that since 2006, Alberta's OSB production has fallen by about 62 per cent due to permanent or indefinite mill closures and production curtailments in the province.

Generally, logging contractors have seen harvesting volumes reduced. Although the industry as a whole has been hit by the downturn, logging contractors harvesting logs for the pulp and paper industry, and for sawmills not entirely dependent on the softwood lumber market, seem to be less affected.

All logging contractors on this list were contacted and participation was voluntary.

While we do our best at Logging & Sawmilling Journal to identify those contractors meeting the volume criteria, it is possible that we may have inadvertently missed someone. If you know of someone who should be on the next list, please contact our office at (604) 990-9970.

Top 10 Alberta Lumber Producers – 2008

1. Blue Ridge Lumber Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary

of West Fraser Mills Ltd.), Whitecourt

2. Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Whitecourt

3. Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, Grande Prairie

4. Hinton Wood Products (a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd.), Hinton

5. Sundre Forest Products (a wholly-owned subsidiary

of West Fraser Mills Ltd.), Sundre

6. Canadian Forest Products (Canfor), Grande Prairie

7. Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, Drayton Valley

8. Millar Western Forest Products Ltd, Boyle

9. Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd., Slave Lake

10. Buchanan Lumber, High Prairie

 

Top Alberta OSB Panelboard Producers – 2008

1. Ainsworth Engineered Canada LP, Grande Prairie (oriented strand board)

2. Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd., Edson (oriented strand board)

3. Alberta Plywood Ltd., Edmonton Plywood Division (A wholly-owned

subsidiary of West Fraser Mills Ltd.), Edmonton (plywood)

4. West Fraser LVL (owned through Sundre Forest Products Inc.), Rocky

Mountain House (laminated veneer lumber, veneer)

5. Ranger Board (a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Fraser Mills Ltd.),

Whitecourt (medium density fibreboard)

*Information provided by the Alberta Forest Products Association

 

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April 2009

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Alberta's Top Logging Contractors

1. D & J Isley and
Sons Contracting Ltd.

Owner: Roy Isley

Head office: Grande Prairie

Area of operations: Grande Prairie, Fox Creek, and Whitecourt

Hardwood and softwood, tree-length
and cut-to-length

Volume: 850,000 cubic metres

 

2. SAN Forestry Ltd.

Owner: Nik Kuznetsov

Head office: Plamondon

Area of operations: Northern Alberta

Hardwood and softwood, cut-to-length

Volume: 600,000 cubic metres

 

3. Double B Logging

Owners: Leo and Celine Berube

Head office: Whitecourt

Area of operations: Whitecourt

Hardwood and softwood, tree-length
and cut-to-length

Volume: 500,000 cubic metres

 

4. Triple G Construction Inc.

Owner: Gervin Antypowich

Head office: Grande Prairie

Area of operations: Grande Prairie

Hardwood and softwood, tree-length

Volume: 400,000 cubic metres

 

5. Paradis Bros. Logging Ltd.

Owners: John and Will Paradis

Head office: Caroline

Area of operations: Central Alberta

Softwood, tree-length

Volume: 350,000 cubic metres

 

6. Bigstone Forestry Ltd.

Owners: Bigstone Cree Nation

Head office: Wabasca

Area of operations: Wabasca

Hardwood and softwood, cut-to-length

Volume: 320,000 cubic metres

 

7. Wilderness Logging Ltd.

Owners: Perry and Linda Hussey

Head office: Edson

Area of operations: South of Edson

Softwood and hardwood, cut-to-length

Volume: 300,000 cubic metres

 

8. TJ Logging Inc.

Owners: Tim White and MaryAnn White

Head office: Whitecourt

Area of operations: Whitecourt

Softwood and hardwood, tree-length
and cut-to-length

Volume: 270,000 cubic metres

9. ESC Harvesting Ltd.

Owners: Niel Graham

Head office: Cochrane

Area of operations: Southwest Alberta

Softwood, tree-length

Volume: 258,000 cubic metres

 

10. Kropp Contracting Ltd.

Owners: Dennis Kropp

Head office: Slave Lake

Area of operations: South of Slave Lake

Hardwood and softwood, tree-length
and cut-to-length

Volume: 225,000 cubic metres

 

11. Tchir Forest Products

Owner: Geraldine Tchir

Head office: Lac La Biche

Area of operations: Northeastern Alberta

Softwood and hardwood, tree-length
and cut-to-length

Volume: 200,000 cubic metres

 

12. Exact Harvesting Ltd.

Owners: Henry, Peter and Dave Peters

Head office: LaCrete

Area of operations: Northwest of High Level

Softwood, tree-length

Volume: 180,000 cubic metres

 

12a. R. Bruce Erickson

Construction

Owners: Bruce, Murray, Allan Erickson

Head office: Sundre

Area of operations: West of Sundre

Softwood, cut-to-length

Volume: 180,000 cubic metres

 

12b. JHL Forestry Ltd.

Owners: Heart Lake First Nation/
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation

Head office: Chard, Alberta

Area of operations: Northeastern Alberta

Hardwood and softwood, cut-to-length

Volume: 180,000 cubic metres

 

Alberta's Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) -- 2007

AAC coniferous: 15,977,000 cubic metres

AAC deciduous: 11,213,000 cubic metres

Total AAC: 27,190,000 cubic metres

 

Alberta Timber Harvest -- 2007

Harvested coniferous: 14,634,000

Harvested deciduous: 8,353,000

Total harvest: 22,987,000

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