History


Frank Lumber was founded by A.J. Frank and began manufacturing lumber on the Little North Fork in 1936.  The sawmill moved to our present location in 1955.  We cut 100% Coast Region Douglas Fir, and our target market is Kiln Dried (MC 15%) structural lumber grades with specific industrial end uses (Laminating, Metal Plate Truss, I-Joist, and other framing applications).  Approximately 7% of our production is shipped to Japan and used in Post and Beam construction.  Frank Lumber has 120 employees and produces 85 MMFBM on a one/two shift basis (4 – 10 hour days in both the saw and planer mills, and 4 – 10 hour nights in the planer mill).

In 1963 we installed a CLT mechanical stress testing machine to enhance grade recovery and log utilization.  We were the first lumber manufacturer to use a CLT, and are still using one today.

We expanded lumber product offerings into the Japanese market in 1992 when our bandmill was started.   This mill can cut logs 45” in diameter and is capable of manufacturing lumber into metric sizes.  In addition to post and beam construction for Japan, our bandmill also cuts cross arms which are used on utility poles.

From raw material acquisition to finished product to on-time shipping, Quality is emphasized throughout the entire manufacturing and delivery process.  We also work closely with our domestic and foreign customers to ensure we are continually meeting their requirements and grade specifications.

In 2008, Frank Pellets was established, and started manufacturing premium grade wood heating pellets under the brand Packsaddle Pellets. In 2011 production capacity was substantially increased with the installation of a rotary dryer and an additional raw material storage building. We believe that Frank Pellets produces the highest quality wood heating pellet on the market today.