In 1913, Monrad Wigen started a small box factory in Wynndel, with help from his father, O.J. Wigen. Horses delivered the logs to a small portable mill which produced the boxes and crates for the growing fruit farms in the Creston Valley, and railroad ties in the winter. The mill began to concentrate on producing a wide variety of fruit boxes, investing in the specialized equipment needed.
Since then, the mill has gone more into specialized lumber made from the locally available Engelman Spruce and lodgepole pine. Michael Wigen, the 4th generation to run this mill, proudly displays some of the fascia, siding, panelling and trim the company ships across western Canada and into the U.S. One specialty is “pattern stock” – highly grained boards used for panelling and flooring.
Proud of its work in sustainable forestry, the mill draws from the lands in the surrounding Purcell Mountains, some of BC’s most productive forests. It employs 190 workers in specialties ranging from logging and trucking to running and repairing specialized European mill equipment.
Wynndel Box & Lumber started doing business as WynnWood in 2014.