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Our History


▬ 1967 ▬

Vanport Manufacturing, Inc. is formed with the purpose of processing small logs for domestic lumber and exporting large logs to Japan.


▬ 1975 ▬

With the restriction of log export to Japan, Vanport's small log sawmill is remodeled to process larger logs for the Japanese market.


▬ 1982 ▬

A Japanese model home (The Teahouse) is built next to the Boring office to showcase all the products produced by Vanport's mills.

Vanport is named “Exporter of the Year” by the Governor of Oregon.


▬ 1986 ▬

Vanport receives The Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award on May 15, 1986.


▬ 1988 ▬

Vanport becomes the first sawmill outside of Japan to receive the JAS (Japan Agricultural Standards) stamp of approval from the Japanese government.


▬ 1994 ▬

Vanport International is formed to better serve all of Vanport's partner mills with dedicated quality control, production, and marketing personnel. An office in Russia is established as well.


▬ 1995 ▬

Vanport International begins assisting the Yakama Indian Nation by building a sawmill and training tribal millworkers and management staff in the operation of the mill and the marketing of lumber.


▬ 1996 ▬

Vanport begins marketing lumber for export to Japan from other U.S., Canadian, and European sawmills, providing guidance in manufacturing, grading, and lumber marketing.


▬ 1998 ▬

Vanport establishes an office in Canada.


▬ 2000 ▬

Vanport enters new markets with representation for forest products in China.


▬ 2006 ▬

Vanport's Chris Ketcham is named Timber Processing Magazine's “Man of the Year” for his accomplishments in the planning and management of the Yakama sawmill.


▬ 2008 ▬

Vanport receives its FSC® Chain of Custody certification on March 23, 2008 and begins assisting the Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs with the operation and management of their sawmill.


▬ 2012 ▬

Vanport receives its PEFC® (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certification on November 28th, 2012.

Sources: pg.26 The Sunday Oregonian, February 25, 1968

pg.5A Gresham Outlook, Tuesday, July 7, 1981

Cover of Timber Processing Magazine January/February 2006















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