About - Pacific Timber

We are dedicated to serving, supplying and shipping the needs of our worldwide customers each and every day.

Our Mission

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.

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Family Owned & Operated

Our History

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.

Pine Beetle

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.

Chinese Client

Manufacturing Concrete forms and furniture filler.

Our Process

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.

Wood Chips

Are sent to pellet plants.

Our Team

Klaus Posselt
Owner

Allen Xu
Export Manager

Marcus Shalaby
Domestic Sales

Locations

Sheraton Division

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

The Burns Lake sawmill processes a variety of small and medium logs, up to 11″. Located approximately 4 KM east of Burns Lake, in the Industrial site, this facility employees 10 workers. The primary product is cants of varying dimensions.

Houston Division

The Houston Division utilizes a wide log profile, up to 18″ and produces a wide variety of cants. Located 3 KM west of Houston, BC, this facility is situated to access the large fiber supply that the Houston region provides. The Houston Division employs 35 workers in a variety of roles.

Opportunities

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.

Our Community

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.

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