Sierra-Pacific buys Oregon firm with more than 100,000 acres of timberland
October 17, 2021 | 9:21 pm CDT
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A California company that is one of the largest U.S. lumber manufacturers has gotten even bigger with the acquisition of an Oregon-based company.

Sierra-Pacific Industries based in Anderson, California, bought Seneca Sawmill Co., based in Eugene, Oregon. Seneca owned more than 100,000 acres of land in southwestern Oregon.

Combining the two companies gives Sierra Pacific Industries some 2.3 million acres of timberlands, 18 sawmills and eight renewable biomass energy cogeneration facilities, along with millwork and windows operations.

“This is a meaningful day for Sierra Pacific Industries, as well as for Seneca,” Sierra Pacific President George Emmerson said in a statement. “The combined company brings together an outstanding team of people that will leverage our shared expertise in sustainable forest management and innovation in manufacturing, working together to provide quality lumber and wood products to the marketplace.”

Sierra Pacific Industries owns and manages timberland in California, Oregon and Washington and is one of the largest U.S. lumber manufacturers. The company also produces millwork, windows and renewable energy. It’s subsidiary Sierra Pacific Windows based in Red Bluff, California, is number 60 on the FDMC 300 list of largest woodworking manufacturers.

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