Idaho's Forest Industry At A Glance

Who Makes What?

During 1990, 172 first-tier forest products companies were operating in 30 of Idaho's 44 counties. This tally includes:

  • 80 Sawmills producing the lumber and timbers used in residential and commercial construction

  • 5 Plywood Plants manufacturing plywood for use in flooring, walls, and roofs

  • 1 Oriented Strandboard Plant producing OSB for use in flooring and walls

  • 1 Particle Board Plant making particle board for cabinetry, furniture, and flooring

  • 1 Pulp & Paper Mill producing wood pulp, and paper for packaging, printing, and personal care

  • 26 Cedar Mills manufacturing posts, rails, shingle, shakes, decking, and siding

  • 22 Log Plants producing logs for log-home construction

  • 27 Post & Pole Plants producing utility poles, and other post and pole products

  • 9 Miscellaneous Facilities producing wood pellets, wood chips, and generating electricity by burning wood byproducts

An additional 39 second-tier forest products companies operated in 16 Idaho counties. These operations produced such products as window and door frames, moulding, trusses, pallets, finger-jointed building materials, laminated beams, and other specialty wood products.

Sales & Production Volume

In 1992, sales of lumber and wood products totaled roughly $2 billion. Total pulp and paper sales were around $504 million.

1993 lumber production totaled about 1.86 billion board feet, with an estimated wholesale value in excess of $874 million.


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