Showcasing how we have innovated business and grown within our community for over 150 years.
In 2014 Hefler started rebuilding the saw mill, preserving 50 plus local jobs. Construction also started on a new Biomass Energy Plant, which was completed in June 2015. We will continue to manufacture premium quality lumber with upgraded equipment which also enables us to produce enough biomass to fuel the power plant. Our new energy plant can produce enough energy to power thousands of homes and the waste energy is used to replace over 240,000 litres of fossil fuels annually that currently heat the kiln. Every ton of logs delivered to our facility is converted to lumber, energy and ash (mineral), which is used in agriculture.
A local success story with deep roots in our community
Hefler Quality Lumber has been locally owned and operated since 1866. From the very beginning, Hefler has strongly believed in the value of being a sustainable and environmentally friendly company.
|1866||Started Hefler Lumber Company by Erastus Hefler with an Up-down mill|
|1934||Royce Hefler joined his father Harry Hefler at age 12
The family moved to a rotary mill powered by water wheel
The mills main business was the manufacturing of barrel hoops and staves
|1945||Royce Hefler took over the business from his father Harry|
|1950||Royce started to work on producing long lumber for construction
The mill moved to its present location, which was the site of the Thomas mill
Royce Hefler operated both mills for a time then built an electrically powered oxford mill
|1952||Installed the first Yates matcher planner in Nova Scotia|
|1965||Installed a debarker and chipper to extend their business|
|1978||Mill was rebuild after extensive fire damage and updated to produce 5 million board feet of lumber per year|
|1981||After a second fire, the mill was rebuilt this time capable of producing 8 million board feet per year|
|1989||Hefler Lumber joins with Mobile Concrete to form Sackville Concrete|
|1990||A new kiln was installed allowing the mill to dry up to 50,000/bf a day|
|2015||Biomass Energy Plant construction completed|
|2015||Sawmill rebuilt and upgraded|
|2017||New ownership, continues to operate as Hefler Forest Products|
|2017||Sawmill scheduled to re-open in October|