Solid Roots in the Wood Industry

Established in 1975, C&C Wood Products began as a partnership with the intent of manufacturing high quality kitchen cabinets, joinery products and assorted interior home construction products. Soon after our incorporation in 1977 however, it became clear that there existed a large demand for decorative wall paneling in the North American market that was not being satisfied. We had discovered our opportunity.

Located in the central interior of British Columbia, a region with an abundant supply of high quality timber, we initially established our operation by remanufacturing construction grade pine boards purchased from locally operating sawmills. While there was a large supply of this raw material available, we discovered that the moisture rich (green) boards used in home building were not suitable for the production of a consistent paneling product. In order to overcome this difficulty, we constructed our first dry kiln in 1978 adjacent to our remanufacturing facilities. Finally we were able to dry the boards to appropriate levels before they were processed into paneling.

Once our dry kiln was fully operational, the consistency of our paneling increased as did our reputation as a supplier of quality wood products. Our customers' appreciation was immediately apparent as we saw a marked increased the demand for our paneling but at the same time this made obvious a new and pressing issue. The local mills could not supply us with raw material in a manner which would meet our unique size requirements as well as our production and shipping schedule. We found that as long as we had to rely on outside suppliers for our lumber, we could not produce and market our product in an orderly, regulated manner, and hence could not assure our clients of timely product shipment. Realizing that this would damage the same customer relationships we had worked so hard to build, we were compelled to design and construct our own log breakdown facility. This small sawmill produced boards which were tailored to meet the exact specifications required in our remanufacturing process. It was also able to provide us with these boards just in time for paneling production, enabling regulated production and reducing the need to hold inventory. In addition, we could exert a greater degree of control over the type of log that our product was produced from.

To produce the highest quality of paneling, logs with small, tight knots are required. In the early 90's, when these logs could not be attained at a reasonable cost from local sawmills, we applied for and were awarded our first timber sale license which granted us the right to independently harvest our own timber. Along with the rights granted by the license also came a greater responsibility to act as stewards of the forest land that we harvest. To undertake these additional challenges we established an internal forestry department that today handles all aspects of our forestry operations.

Today, with control over all stages of our operation from timber selection to finished paneling production, we are able to maintain exceptionally high standards of quality and value that our customers have grown to expect and appreciate.