Manufacturing activities play a key role in BC’s economy, generating just over ten percent of the province’s total gross domestic product (GDP) and providing employment for one in every ten workers in the province. Furthermore, manufactured products dominate BC’s international commodity exports, making up about three-quarters of the total value of goods exported from the province to other countries. They comprise a similar share of BC’s inter-provincial trade in goods and services.

Manufacturing is one of the largest economic sectors in North Central BC. With the main manufacturing activities in the region traditionally related to the forestry industry, wood products and paper manufacturing account for the majority of employment and a significant number of the companies in the manufacturing sector. With an established value-added wood industry, North Central BC is home to numerous finger-jointing, re-manufacturing and secondary wood products mills. Additional manufacturing activities in North Central BC are largely related to the region’s growing bioenergy sector and its stable fabrication and machining sector. Furthermore, as a hub for major infrastructure projects and an integral link in the supply chain, there is also a robust concrete manufacturing presence.

The presence of significant manufacturing sectors in North Central BC has created many new opportunities in other areas of manufacturing. The region’s strategic location along key transportation corridors facilitates the export of manufactured products to key markets that are within easy reach in every direction, creating opportunities for growth for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Value-Added Wood Products

A number of people, including those in conservation, labour, and community economic development networks have pushed for increases in value-added wood manufacturing as a way to bring greater stability and prosperity to BC’s local communities. This is particularly true in North Central BC where there is an abundant natural forest resource, and a cluster of supporting organizations.

The value‐added wood products industry is a major contributor to the B.C. economy and plays an important part in forest sector diversification. Over 900 businesses that manufacture products such as treated lumber, engineered wood products, shakes and shingles, poles, log and timber-frame homes, mouldings, and other finished or semi-finished goods make up the value added sector.

Bioenergy Products

Many processes are available for producing bioenergy, from gasification of wood chips for transport fuel production to deriving biofuels from biomass. A growing number of technologies are currently in use of under development for industrial-scale bioenergy production. These include power boilers for heat recovery, cogeneration systems for the production of both heat and electrical power, and gasifier systems for advanced energy recovery.

For more information on bioenergy please view the Bioenergy Sector Profile

Fabricating and Machining

Fabrication and machining involve the cutting, bending, shaping and assembling of materials utilizing power-driven machine tools, such as saws, lathes, milling machines, and drill presses that are used with a sharp cutting tool to physically remove material to achieve a desired geometry. This includes many different operations and processes that produce a wide variety of products and acts as a crucial support system to many other industries throughout the region.

Concrete and Cement Manufacturing

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in mixing together water, cement, sand, gravel or crushed stone to make concrete, and delivering it to a purchaser in a plastic or unhardened state. The North Central region of British Columbia is a central hub in the supply chain of many infrastructure and building projects that happen in the North and this is a crucial industry to support these projects.

Organizations and Associations

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

An established, supporting organization to the growing manufacturing sector in BC and Canada, as a whole is Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters – Canada’s largest industry and trade association. The organization represents businesses in all sectors of manufacturing and exporting activity across the country. Its mandate is to promote the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and the success of Canada’s good and services exporters in markets around the globe. The association focuses on the issues that are most critical to its members – manufacturing competitiveness, US business opportunities, international markets, people and skills, energy and the environment.

BC Community Forests

The British Columbia Community Forest Association is a network of community-based organizations in British Columbia that are either managing community forests or striving to establish community forests.

Formed in March of 2002, the British Columbia Community Forest Association has become a unified voice for the interests of all B.C. communities engaged in community forest management as well as those seeking to establish community forests.

We are a membership-based organization, and count the participation of over 50 communities and organizations around the province. It is only through the dues of our members that we support our core activities. We identify annual priorities for special projects and seek outside funding sources to support those activities.

Council of Forest Industries

The Council of Forest Industries is the voice of the BC interior forest industry.

The Council of Forest Industries works with governments, communities, organizations and individuals to ensure that forest policies in BC support the forest sector and, as a result, those who are dependent on the sector for business income or family supporting jobs. They work within the national and international (Japan, China, Korea) Canada Wood partnership to improve market access at home and overseas and to increase demand for our members’ products.

They are an industry in transition making the move to increasing use of technology, new systems such as six story wood buildings and more biomass based products such as bioenergy.

Our members range from large integrated global scale public companies to medium sized family owned operations to smaller independent niche players. They produce a range of products including lumber, pulp and paper, panels and engineered wood in over 60 facilities located throughout the interior. All aspects of our members’ operations from forestry to production to sales are recognized as world class. We are recognized for our sustainable forest practices, cost competitiveness and support for green buildings.

Ensuring that national, provincial and local government policy makers are well-informed about the value of BC’s forest resources and BC’s forest industry and its contribution to government revenue, provincial gross domestic product and family incomes is a key component of sustainability for our industry and for communities throughout BC. Through their forest education program, annual convention and community relations work they keep stakeholders informed about BC’s forest resources and forestry issues.

Fabricators and Machinists

Advanced Millwright Services

Advanced Millwright Services is a construction and maintenance company working in BC and Alberta. They have extensive background in fabrication, alignment and installation of new equipment and the improvement and installation of safety devices.

Advanced Millwright Services is committed to providing on time and on budget completion of projects to all customers, drawing from a talented pool of tradesman and professionals that can provide a service above industry standards. There is no job is too big or too small. Customer service is very important to Advanced Millwright Services and they strive to meet and exceed all expectations.

Those looking for work can visit Advanced Millwright Services' job page.

Cariboo Chrome

Cariboo Chrome and Hydraulics Ltd. was founded in 1977. Cariboo Chrome and Hydraulics Ltd. maintains a 13,000-sq. ft. building in Prince George - a complete machine shop with hard chrome plating and grinding. Originally designed to service sawmill – pulp mill, logging and mining hydraulic needs including sales, service, manufacture and repair.

Cariboo Chrome offers complete repair and rebuilding of specialized equipment such as fork lift masts and carriages, loader booms, bell cranks and more. They offer full machine shop services including grinding and machining and have purchased state-of-the-art equipment and lathes to ensure keep up with the latest techniques. Cariboo Chrome has expanded to include metal fabrication and metal resurfacing.

To provide maximum quality service, Cariboo Chrome and Hydraulics is continually upgrading machinery to state-of-the-art equipment. Cariboo Chrome and Hydraulics has earned a reputation for quality and integrity with their customers built up during their 28 years of business in the region.

Northern Steel

Northern Steel Ltd. is a diversified steel fabricating firm based in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada who manufactures and maintains products for the pulp and paper, chemicals, and mining industries. Their specialization is in custom fabrication of steel, specialty alloy components and process equipment. They provide light to heavy platework and structural fabrication for the mining and energy sector and produce specialty fabrication for chemical, pulp and paper companies as well as unique solutions for a variety of fabricating and machining projects with their fully outfitted machine shop with both conventional and CNC machining, as well as robotic welding.

QM Bearings

QM Bearings specializes in the innovative design, manufacture and marketing of bearings and couplings mostly for industrial manufacturing applications. They expertly provide rugged solutions for extreme applications in the pulp & paper, steel, sawmill, oil and gas and aggregate industries. Currently the company provides well-proven Blue Brute bearings along with award-winning, Quick-Flex elastomeric couplings and rigid compression couplings to thousands of customers in over 40 countries. The latest product offering is the patented, double tapered design of the V-Lock bearing. Introduced in early 2006, it quickly became the bearing of choice because it only takes 10 minutes to install and has twice the holding power of other bearings, yet is impossible to over tighten.
QM Bearings hasn’t forgotten what made them successful in the first place. Reducing maintenance costs and downtime for customers is still the mission of every employee, agent, representative and distributor associated with QM Bearings.

Stinger Welding

Stinger Welding Ltd. is a diverse and growing company which has been serving the needs of commercial and industrial businesses in Prince George and northern British Columbia since 1978.

Stinger Welding Ltd. recognizes that clients require skilled, educated contractors to assist in their area of industry. That is why they pride themselves in obtaining the various certifications that apply to their area of expertise: welding and steel fabricating, providing structural steel from supply to install, engineering and bridge fabrication, high pressure piping projects, staffing shutdowns and turnarounds, and providing on site mobile service for all your bridge installation and repair needs.

Wolftek Industries Inc.

Based in Prince George, Wolftek Industries Inc. has provided a full range of services to the Forest Industry in North America for 22 years. The company presently employs more than 50 tradesmen and administrative staff. We offer manufacturing, repairing, chroming, machining, fabrication, design and installation services to the lumber, pulp and paper and mining industries. Wolftek delivers award winning services through two separate shops located on one site. Wolftek Industries Inc. also proudly distributes industry leading machinery and equipment for the milling, planning and drying of softwood lumber. Their full time sales staff of four employees are responsible for sales and service from Manitoba west to British Columbia. In addition, Wolftek Industries Inc. employs two service technicians for installation of new equipment and staff capable of performing maintenance on existing mill equipment.

Concrete and Cement Manufacturers

Lehigh Hanson Materials

Across Western Canada and Washington State, Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited has been creating custom solutions in the heavy building industry for over 100 years.
Their core businesses are cementaggregates, concrete and pipe.  We also engage in other regionally significant businesses in related construction materials that support our core businesses while producing superior returns. 

Lehigh Hanson is one of the world’s leading heavy building materials companies with over 14,000 employees in North America. Lehigh Hanson Canada Region employs 2,000 people.

Lehigh Hanson is owned by Heidelberg Cement and represented internationally in more than 40 countries on five continents, with over 55,000 employees. Heidelberg Cement is the global leader in aggregates and has leading positions in cement, concrete and heavy building products.

Nechako Ready Mix

Nechako Redi-Mix Ltd. has been serving Cluculz Lake, Fort Fraser, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, and the Vanderhoof area since 1972 for all of your concrete and gravel needs.

Value Added Wood Producers


Brink Forest Products

Brink Forest Products has been in business since 1975, and is proud to be Northern British Columbia’s leading secondary manufacturer of structural, industrial and value-added wood products for domestic and international markets.
Located in a region that grows the world’s best fibre, they are dedicated to getting more value from every tree by working in partnership with the primary wood sector.  Brink Forest Products obtains low-grade lumber and converts that raw material into premium quality fingerjoint lumber. By using innovative technology and quality driven processes, they are successful in the intensely competitive lumber market.
These are exciting times at Brink Forest Products. The company has grown rapidly through the acquisition of Pleasant Valley Remanufacturing Ltd and the expansion of 2 new fingerjoint lines in Prince George.  Collectively the Brink group of companies employs 250 people and has production capacity of 250 MMfbm of top quality lumber.
Powered by vision and driven by commitment – to business excellence, community support, and environmental stewardship – they are very optimistic about the future of forestry in Northern British Columbia.

Paradise Manufacturing

Paradise Manufacturing was founded in 1975 by Uday and Pushpa Chand and became incorporated in July 1976 in Prince George. Prior to founding Paradise, Uday had experience working with other cabinet companies and has been producing quality custom cabinets for 37 years. He is very active in the community and has become well known to his customers and friends simply as Chand. Uday, Pushpa, and their son Aaron, the general manager with 10 years’ experience, are the sales force behind the company and have built a strong rapport with many of their loyal customers.
As a family run business, Paradise manufactures custom millwork, kitchen and vanity cabinets and countertops in our 9,000 square foot warehouse located in Prince George. With a wide range of products, designs and services they are ready to help make your dream come true. Whether it is only supplying the product or going all the way through to installing the finished design, they are here to assist you.

Sinclair Group Forest Products Ltd.

Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is committed to principles that foster and promote a healthy community and capacity for sustainable growth. They have created hundreds of long-term jobs in the forest industry, injected millions of dollars into the local and provincial economy and have enhanced the quality of life for the communities in which their employees live and work.

Sinclair Group operates five primary mills (sawmills and planer mills) and three secondary (value-added) mills in the Central Interior of British Columbia. Their operations in Prince George, Vanderhoof and Fort St. James are independently owned and managed by teams of dedicated professionals who strive to maintain the values of a small, family-run venture while consistently seeking opportunities for sustainable growth and innovation.

Stella Jones

Stella-Jones Inc. is a North American producer and marketer of industrial treated wood products, specializing in the production of railway ties and timbers as well as wood poles supplied to electrical utilities and telecommunication companies. The company manufactures the wood preservative creosote and other coal tar based products and provides the railroad industry with used tie pickup and disposal services. Switching, locomotive and railcar maintenance services are also offered, as is tie-derived boiler fuel. The company also provides treated residential lumber products and customized services to lumber retailers and wholesalers for outdoor applications. Other treated wood products include marine and foundation pilings, construction timbers, highway guardrail posts and treated wood for bridges.

The company's operations include nineteen wood treating plants, a coal tar distillery, three facilities providing railway tie pickup and disposal services, two distribution centres, two pole peeling facilities and has a 50% interest in a third pole peeling operation. These twenty-eight facilities are located in six Canadian provinces and fifteen American states. The company's workforce currently totals over 950 employees.

Stella-Jones enjoys a number of key attributes which should further enhance the company's strategic positioning and competitive advantage in the wood treating industry. Among these are the ability to service clients from multiple plants, a solid financial position that allows the company to stockpile and air-season green wood for major long-term contracts, a long-standing stable source of wood supply, and a registration to produce and sell the wood preservative, creosote.

Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products

Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products are a value-added lumber remanufacturing facility located in Vanderhoof specializing in HRA finger jointed lumber, wood pellets and posts and rails. We pride ourselves on our consistent quality, on-time shipping (by rail and truck) and competitive pricing.

Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products began operating in 1991 as a value-added lumber re-manufacturing facility specializing in solid lumber products for the North American and Asian markets. In 1996, the company expanded into engineered wood products with the addition of the block processing and finger joint production lines along with certification to produce finger jointed lumber for stud application under the SPS-3 NLGA Standards. In May 2009, Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products became certified to produce Heat Resistant Adhesive (HRA) finger jointed studs for the North American market. In November 2009, the BID Group became the new owners of the operation, and continued with expansion, the most recently the addition of a wood pellet plant and a post and rail facility.

Today, Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products operates with approximately 60 full time employees serving markets worldwide.

Vanway Cabinets

Vanway Cabinets Ltd. is the largest local cabinet manufacturer in Northern British Columbia. Vanway Cabinets began as a family run business in 1984 and has since grown to become a strong local business. They believe that the cornerstone to our success is reliable service to customers as well as providing well-built, distinctive cabinets. Their well-respected and modern operation employs many skilled craftsmen. Local building contractors make use of their services, as well as distributors who sell their merchandise outside of Prince George.

Vanway Cabinets have always made use of technological upgrading, research and development to continuously expand and improve products. Computerized machinery in the woodshop, as well as a computer cabinet drawing program in their sales division, enabling them to develop cutting edge cabinet layouts and unique countertop designs.
The company manufactures an assorted selection of standard cabinets and can create custom units to fit your specific needs or desires. If you are looking for reliable, personal service that will result in cabinets you will be proud to have in your home, let their creative team help make your dreams come true.

Winton Global

Winton Global is a privately owned company with our roots in Prince George. The company is the recognized leader in manufacturing and distribution of a full range of premium lumber products, engineered wood products, custom homes and cottages. Since 1919, "Winton" has been the brand of choice for discerning builders.
Since their beginning in 1919 as "The Pas Lumber Company Ltd.", this company has continued to grow by providing innovative solutions to our customers. Today, annual sales exceed 150 million dollars per year, and they employ over 200 people in our woodlands and manufacturing plants.

In 2004, they changed our name to "Winton Global". This change aligns the company with their vision and provides clarity on branding.