Kyahwood Forest Products is a re-manufacturing lumber mill located in Witset (Moricetown), approximately 32 kilometers west of Smithers in northwestern BC. Kyahwood produces 2x4 and 2x6 finger jointed studs from the waste trim blocks of Canfor in Houston, BC and sells them mainly to markets in the United States.
Kyahwood Forest Products is a “green” business as it takes wood waste and creates a usable product. Finger-jointed studs are manufactured by taking shorter pieces of kiln-dried lumber, machining a “finger” profile in each end of the short-length pieces, adding a structural adhesive, and squeezing the pieces together to create a longer piece of lumber.
Finger-jointed lumber is becoming very popular and desirable in the construction industry of engineered wood products as it offers studs with dimensional stability and straightness that do not warp and can handle vertical compression of approximately 1200 psi which greatly exceeds that of traditional dimensional lumber.
Kyahwood Forest Products is 100% owned by Witset First Nation. We employ 58 full time indigenous people, producing an annual payroll of $2 million and an additional $5 million regionally through supplier purchases. Kyahwood Forest Products is an award winning mill. We received the 2011 CANDO Community Economic Developer of the Year Award, 2012 Best Community Owned Business Award at the provincial Aboriginal Business Awards Gala in Vancouver, and 1997 Forest Renewal BC Award winner for job creation.
Kyahwood Forest Products Ltd
130 Kyah Sawmill Road
Moricetown, BC V0J 2N)
Gary McKinnon, Jr – General Manager