The family history of involvement in the British Columbia (B.C.) Forest Industry of the present owners is traced back to their great-great-grandfather, who, in the 1860′s pursued a logging career on B.C.’s West Coast.
The entrepreneurial spirit embedded throughout The Teal-Jones Group of companies started more than 60 years ago when Jack Jones, founder of the original company, established a one man cedar roofing mill after his return from World War II. Today wholly owned by sons Tom and Dick Jones the company prides itself as the largest privately held forest products company operating on the West Coast of Canada.
Significant Dates in Company History:
- 1946 – Company founder Jack Jones establishes a one man cedar roofing mill located at Lu Lu Island, New Westminster, B.C., Canada.
- 1946 – Creation of the Teal brand shingles.
- 1962 – The company moves and opens Teal Mill in Surrey, B.C., Canada (at our present day location) with 4 Shingle machines and 1 Barnshake machine.
- 1969 – Dick and Tom Jones buy control of their father’s operation, Teal Cedar, a small Surrey business employing 11 people.
- 1971 – Built Drier Kilns at Surrey site.
- 1971 – Created Columbia River Shake and Shingle in Nakusp, a town located in B.C.’s interior.
- 1972 – 1973 Built new mill on the Surrey site with 2 Resaws and 9 Shingle machines.
- 1979 – 1980 Created Stag Timber Ltd. – a recovery sawmill, built on the Surrey site, designed to extract lumber values from low grade pulp logs.
- 1980 – Created M.J.S. Lumber Ltd. (Now known as Stag Timber Reman) – a value added lumber manufacturing plant, built on the Surrey site.
- 1983 – Created Star Shingle Ltd. – a cedar shake and shingle operation located in Port Alberni on B.C.’s Vancouver Island.
- 1983 – Created Cascade Cedar Ltd. – a cedar shake and shingle operation located in Revelstoke in B.C.’s interior.
- 1992 – Created Teal Cedar Lumber Divison – located in Salmon Arm in B.C.’s interior.
- 1993 – Purchased Boston Bar Mill and Pitt Lake Logging – operations located in B.C.’s Fraser Canyon and Lower Mainland.
- 1999 – Purchased TFL 47 – a Timber Forest Licence located in B.C.’s Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii and headquartered in Sandspit.
- 2003 – Built Titan Ridge – a cedar shake and shingle operation located in Port McNeill on B.C.’s Vancouver Island.
- 2003 – Construction and operation of J.S. Jones sawmill on the Surrey site. A new 30 million dollar sawmill optimized to extract value from small diameter second growth timber.
- 2004 – Purchased TFL 46 – a Timber Forest Licence located in the southwest portion of B.C.’s Vancouver Island.
- 2004 – Construction and operation of Sumas Planer Mill – located in Sumas WA, U.S.A
At the present time, the Jones family works alongside more than 1200 employees daily to extract maximum value from the coastal timber resources.
Dedicated to responsible forest management and a safe working environment, Dick Jones recently remarked “we’re just getting started !” when a customer paid him a compliment about the steady growth of the company.