Pacific Timber aims to provide a sustainable economic and environmental benefit to Northern BC while showcasing exemplary service to our worldwide customers and creating a positive culture for our employees here at home.
Loads of wood shipped annually
First Nations Employed & Growing
Family Owned & Operated
The mountain pine beetle had ravaged our forests, and the timber was deemed useless apart from being processed into pellets. This is where, in 2010 Klaus Posselt (owner) saw a glut of pine beetle killed fibre available in the market. At this point Klaus saw an opportunity to start a canting line to utilize the low grade timber available and developed new markets to ship these products to.
Caused wide spread damage to the forest.
The intention, at first, was simply to supply the oil fields with tenoned blocking for oilfield rig mats, timbers for pipeline skidding and access mats; however, it turned into much more. When the oil fields began to slow down, Pacific Timber’s attention turned to exports. The demand from Asian markets picked up, and the company began to refine the Burns Lake plant for the export business. In 2014, Sheraton Sawmill was purchased and revamped to handle oversized log processing and in 2017, the recently purchased Houston plant became operational – Houston is Pacific Timber’s largest plant and now employees about 35 people.
Whatever the size of the log, we cut it to make the best square cant out of the middle. Our process allows us to make use of the entire log: the cant is exported for use in industries like construction and distribution, just to name a few. The chips that are a result of the squaring process are sent to pellet plants.
The cants are then shipped through the Port of Prince Rupert to the rest of the world. We’re proud to sell 100% of our products through our Brokerage business.
Are sent to pellet plants.
Klaus Posselt, a born entrepreneur, immigrated from Germany as a teen with his family in the early 70’s. After many years of hard work on the family farm Klaus bought his first logging truck and grew his business(es) from there. Around 2012, in part due to dropping lumber prices and increasing logging costs he recognized the need to salvage and utilize waste timber that would otherwise be left in brush piles to be burnt. Driven by his resourceful nature and a market demand he purchased, redesigned and built a few small sawmills to do just that.
Sheraton Sawmill is the oversize log processing facility. This facility is located approximately 25 KM east of Burns Lake. It employs 7 workers. Sheraton provides Pacific Timber with many product options because of the flexibility of the head rig and re-saw capability.
Burns Lake Division
Pacific Timber is a growing operation with exciting things on the horizon, but we’re a family company and will always stay true to our roots. Check out our Careers page for more info on what it’s like to work for us, and the opportunities available.
Burns Lake and Houston are located in the Lakes District of Northern BC, known as Mother Nature’s adventure playground. With almost 5,000 km of lakes, the region offers some of the best boating and fishing in British Columbia. The region is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise; with hunting, cycling, hiking, camping, and more in our own backyard.
Great people, great community, great place to raise a family
This area is truly a great place to live and work, and that’s why we’re so passionate about giving back to our community through donations to organizations such as Lakes District Food Bank, Burns Lake Community Garden, Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association, Burns Lake Snowmobile Club, and Tweedsmuir Park Rod & Gun Club. If you’d like to get us involved in your organization, please don’t hesitate to reach out.