NOVEMBER 2020

Cover: Vaagen Bros. Goes All In On Lean

COLVILLE, Washington – Duane Vaagen says that over his decades in the lumber business, he’s heard the same thing over and over. It’s a chorus really, when he tours people through his mill: “That won’t work.” He says over the years as his family business has tried different things and pushed things past their specs and really their life expectancy, it’s always the same. “That’s not going to work like that.”

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Timber Processing

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Vaagen Bros. Goes All In On Lean

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Timber Processing

COLVILLE, Washington – Duane Vaagen says that over his decades in the lumber business, he’s heard the same thing over and over. It’s a chorus really, when he tours people through his mill: “That won’t work.” He says over the years as his family business has tried different things and pushed things past their specs and really their life expectancy, it’s always the same. “That’s not going to work like that.”

And yet Vaagen always finds a way to not only make it work, but make it great. For over four generations, Vaagen Bros. Lumber has produced dimensional lumber to the tune today of 175MMBF in the town of Colville, Washington, the last “big” small town in the U.S. before the Canadian border in eastern Washington.

Vaagen says first it was in the 1970s when they installed a lumber sorter from a Southern engineering and manufacturing firm that he heard the speculation that he wasn’t going to get his chosen technology to work. In late 2020, that lumber sorter is still going. “I learned to just agree, because they are probably right. I just don’t know if it’s going to work in 30 years or 80 years,” Vaagen laughs.

As Vaagen’s daughter, Emily Baker, serving as the family business as Lean Team Leader, is quick to point out, “We might get frustrated with some of our vintage machinery, but its fed families. It’s worked, and worked hard. We appreciate that.”

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