|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
- 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.