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2016 Land Report 100: Ford Family

No. 13 Ford Family 625,000 acres Kenneth Ford (1908–1997) started out in 1936 with a single sawmill cobbled together with salvaged equipment near Roseburg, Oregon. From a one-room office, he served as head salesman, logger, and on occasion, camp cook

R.J. Guyer tells the story of how No. 13 Kenneth Ford turned tiny Roseburg into the “Timber Capital of the Nation” in Southern Oregon Timber.

No. 13 Ford Family

625,000 acres

Kenneth Ford (1908–1997) started out in 1936 with a single sawmill cobbled together with salvaged equipment near Roseburg, Oregon. From a one-room office, he served as head salesman, logger, and on occasion, camp cook in logging camps. He began buying timberlands that had been repossessed for nonpayment of taxes. When the housing boom hit after World War II, Roseburg Forest Products was poised to expand. Vertically integrated, the company manufactures engineered wood products, lumber, plywood, and particleboard. CEO Allyn Ford oversees timberlands in Western Oregon and Northern California along with manufacturing plants nationwide.

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