Boise Cascade Wood Products recently announced it acquisition of the Stimson Lumber Company sawmill in Arden, Wash. The mill will become part of Boise Cascade’s Inland Region, which includes mills in La Grande, Island City, Elgin and Pilot Rock in northeast Oregon, as well as in Kettle Falls, Wash.
Inland Region Manager Tom Insko said the Arden mill fits well in the region’s operations because it is ideally located and well equipped. “Given that the mill is geographically located near our Kettle Falls operations and is a well-designed, highly efficient facility, it’s a nice complement to our lumber business,” Insko commented.
Insko said Boise will initially operate the Arden sawmill on a single shift, and that its production will integrate well with Kettle Falls lumber output. “But in the longer term, the Arden mill offers us the flexibility to expand production as markets improve,” he added.
Insko also mentioned that Boise has hired the majority of the 52 employees that previously worked at the Arden mill. “We are pleased to have the experienced team with a history of industry-leading safety performance joining our organization,” he said.