Success Stories

West Fraser



$255 mil



West Fraser announced plans in November 2022 to build a $255 million expansion in the Henderson Industrial Park across the street from their existing lumber mill operation. Construction has already started with an expected completion date around the middle of 2024.

West Fraser was founded in 1955 by three brothers, Sam, Bill and Pete Ketcham in Quesnel, B.C. Canada. The sweat and hard work of three young men, along with a founding group of pioneering employees, have laid the foundation for the Company, West Fraser, that thrives to this day. More than six decades later, the Company has grown from the original 12-person crew at Two Mile Flat to be the largest lumber producer in North America.

West Fraser's heritage is a story about people who came together to build so much more than those three young men imagined was possible. Today, we remain anchored by these early core beliefs that stand the test of time:

· cost control in all aspects of the business

· efficient, modern mills

· responsibility and leadership in environmental performance

· the active involvement of employees in the business

· a relentless pursuit of excellence in everything we do

"Our cost management is critical to our success. When lumber markets change, it means we can adapt quickly to keep our mills running and our employees working."

- Ray Ferris, President and CEO

From an entrepreneurial spark, West Fraser has grown to be one of the world's largest lumber producers. The Company has been recognized as…

· One of Canada's Top 100 Employers eight times

· One of Canada's 10 Best Companies to Work For in 2014

· ATop Employer for Young People five times

· A B.C. Top Employer six times

· One of Canada's 10 Best Companies to Work For in 2014

· A Best Employer for Recent Graduates twice

· Two-time winner of the Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures award