Sierra Pacific Buys Oregon’s Seneca

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is acquiring Oregon-based Seneca and affiliates, combining two family-owned forest products businesses with strong historical roots on the West Coast.

Founded in 1953, Seneca operates a 175,000 acre sustainably managed tree farm, sawmills, and a biomass plant in Oregon. SPI is a leading lumber producer that manages more than 2.1 million acres of timberland in California and Washington.

“Aaron Jones (Seneca) and Red Emmerson (SPI) are both icons of the wood products industry. They were also friends and had a deep mutual respect for each other as industry leaders,” says Seneca CEO Todd Payne in reference to the founders of the respective companies. “This proposed transfer makes so much sense given the companies provide complementary products, and have shared family values and company culture.”

Both SPI and Seneca have a strong focus on sustainable tree management, also managing their timberland for thriving wildlife, healthy watersheds and soils, and world-class recreation.
The companies also share a company culture that recognizes employees as their most valuable asset, values the support of the communities they operate in and serve, and gives back by being dedicated to education and administering scholarship programs.

Seneca has been co-owned by Becky Jones, Kathy Jones-McCann and Jody Jones. In addition to sawmill operations, the company operates Seneca Sustainable Energy biomass plant.

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