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Bright Wood Inc. has purchased the Culver Mid-Columbia Lumber site and plans to begin work there within a few weeks.

PAT KRUIS/MADRAS PIONEER - Site manager for the new Bright Wood operation in Culver, Walt Williams, left, and Adam Brown,s upport services manager for Bright Wood, were at the new site Tuesday morning.

Bright Wood Inc. has purchased the Culver Mid-Columbia Lumber site and plans to begin work there within a few weeks.

Bright Wood, the Madras-based plant that is a world leader in producing window framing components, has a Central Oregon workforce of 1,100. Bright Wood president Dallas Stovall said he expects between 15 and 20 people will work at the former Mid-Columbia site in Culver, and that the plant would be operating "starting late December or after the first of the year."

Mid-Columbia Lumber has been shut down since last spring. Bright Wood purchased the site from Main Street Capital. The Culver site building is approximately 150,000 square feet and the compound includes 26 acres.

Stovall said negotiations on the property had been going on since early October. The Culver site will mark the company's fourth in Central Oregon. Along with the main headquarters plant in Madras, Bright Wood has operations in Redmond and Prineville. They also operate a plant in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

The Culver site has two production lines and Stovall said both will initially be operated on a one-shift basis. Stovall added that, "with space at a premium at our other sites, we most likely will add some other unrelated manufactured products" to the Culver location.

Bright Wood purchased Mid-Columbia's smaller operation in the Madras Industrial Park in late summer and is operating it. They built a similar line in their own Madras plant in 2017.

With the two lines at Culver, Bright Wood will have four production lines making long-length dimensional framing, which is typically called in the industry Engineered Structural Lumber. With soon four production lines producing ESL, Bright Wood will become the largest producer of ESL in North America. Bright Wood is also the largest independent producer of window components in the Americas and most likely the world.

Bright Wood was established by Carl Peterson and Stovall's father, Ken, in 1960. It has long been the leading employer in Madras and is the largest manufacturing employer in Central Oregon. The business is owned by the Stovall family.


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