Mills and Markets in Utah and Vicinity
Following is a list of Utah sawmills currently interested in buying logs from Utah landowners and some notes on their status. Utah sawmill update (UFN Spring 04).
Bedder Bedding, Lehi, 801-694-2309. Buying small diameter dead logs to process into animal bedding. They accept any species of pine, fir, aspen or juniper.
Skyline Forest Resources, Escalante, 435-826-4522. Buying pine, spruce, aspen, white fir and Douglas-fir. Skyline recently added a second shift to their production schedule, bringing them to 74 employees. Produced an estimated 10 million board feet of lumber last year. They ship finished products all over the country, and are especially excited about the new six-inch interior paneling that they are making with the aspen; it is reported to be beautiful. (For more info see UFN Spring 2003, UFN winter 2002.)
Thompson Logging, Kamas, 435-640-3694. Buying pine and aspen. Thompson milled eight million board feet last year with 14 employees. They ship their finished products to California, Texas, Arizona, and other states. They make dunnage (used to protect goods from damage in shipping) with the aspen they buy. As is the case with many Utah sawmills, they do a lot with the waste products, such as producing bark chips for landscaping.
Blazzard Lumber Company, Kamas, 435-783-4550. Buying spruce and Douglas-fir. They employ about thirty people, mostly family, and take the unique approach of using the same labor to log during the summer and saw during the winter. (For more info see UFN Summer 2002.) Recently they have been sawing Douglas-fir into dimensional lumber for sheds and barns. Their products go many places, but mostly to the East.
Leavitt Lumber Company, Kamas, 435-783-4678. Buying spruce, aspen, white fir and Douglas-fir. This mill employs 10 people.
Fabrizio Sawmill, Duchesne, 435-848-5686. Buying mostly Douglas-fir, but will saw most species. Formerly in Hanna, the sawmill is currently being moved to a larger site north of Duchesne. They have purchased a new mill from Meadows Mills in North Carolina that will soon be operational on the new site. (For more info see UFN Summer 2001.)
Satterwhite Log Homes, Gunnison, 435-528-5001. Buying spruce logs, standing dead, some green. Last fall they were offering $300/mbf delivered. They recently sent a portion of the mill to Pecos, New Mexico, where they purchased some burned timber. Currently, they are using logs from private property. They report that on average, a standing dead spruce in Utah will last 10 years, depending on many factors, and will still hold its value at the mill.
Carbon County Lumber, Wellington, 435-613-0500. Buying Douglas-fir, spruce, subalpine fir. Having recently reopened the log yard, they plan to begin sawing in early June. (For more info see UFN Fall 2002.)
K&D Forest Products, Panguitch, 435-676-8194. Buying aspen, pine, spruce. Employs up to 30 people, making lumber and log homes.
Jensen Lumber, Ovid, Idaho, 208-847-0889. Buying fir, spruce, aspen, pine. Located just north of Bear Lake, employs 38 people, produced 11 million board feet last year. In business since 1972, they ship 80 percent of their products out of the area.
South and Jones Timber, Evanston, Wyoming, 307-789-2398. Buying fir, spruce, lodgepole pine. Employs 50 people, mostly private timber, makes mine blocks, side lumber, pallets.
Rocky Mountain Timber Products, Del Norte, Colorado, 719-657-2846. Buying fir, spruce, aspen, pine. The sawmill was recently purchased and moved from the Timber Products mill location in La Sal, almost five hours east to Del Norte. “Bringing you the best in traditional and custom wood products.”
Western Excelsior Corp., Mancos, Colorado, 970-533-7412. Buying aspen. With 125, employees this facility produces erosion control products and swamp-cooler pads. Looking into the possibility of having a remote purchase site in Utah where logs can be debarked and dried before shipping.
Heber Valley Logworks, Heber City, 435-654-2712. Buying Douglas-fir, spruce, lodgepole, prefer dead. Make log homes, railings, furniture for a Utah market.
Stevens Forest Products, Smithfield, 435-752-5029. Buying local logs; Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, employs four people.
Welch Sawmill Inc., Hyrum, 435-245-4429. Buying all species, owner operated.
Beaver Wood Products, Beaver, Utah 435-438-5584. Dealing mostly in firewood products.
Lucas Lumber, Ogden, 801-392-6940. Buying lumber (not logs) for remanufacture.
Western Wood Products Inc, Mountain View, Wyoming, 307-782-3388 (office) or 970-214-9853 (cell). Buying small diameter trees and dead timber.
This list does not include every mill in the state; some declined the offer of inclusion in this article, others did not return inquiries, and still others exist without the author’s knowledge.
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