Weyerhaeuser is one of the largest international forestry companies. The company manages an area of 13.9 million hectares, of which 2.3 million are in the U.S. owned by the company. The remaining areas are mostly located in Canada and are not owned by the government there.


The company was founded by Frederick Weyerhaeuser. The purchase of about 360,000 hectares of forest by the Northern Pacific Railway by Frederick Weyerhaeuser and 15 partners on January 18, 1900 is considered the founding date, even if Frederick Weyerhaeuser at that time already had some sawmills. The company's headquarters was Tacoma with George S. Long as a director, who remained in this position for 30 years.

Initially, Weyerhaeuser focused on the purchase of land and the sale of standing trees, so no logging operation. But just two years after a fire damaged existence large parts of the population. In order to utilize the spent remains of trees still, the company hundreds of loggers hired and let pass the remains. This step was done in the industry.

1915, the first all-electric sawmill of the company was put into operation in Everett (Washington). In the 1920s, Weyerhaeuser acquired the first steamboats to transport its products to the East Coast can. In the following years the fleet was further expanded. In 1928, the company developed the brand 4- Square, was produced under the standardized wood, at that time an absolute novelty. The first pulp mill acquired Weyerhaeuser 1931; it achieved in the later following the economic crisis profits.

Only much later was Weyerhaeuser to a regulated and sustainable forest management about how they had long been standard in Europe: In 1937, the company announced with the slogan Timber Is a Crop ( for German as wood is a crop ) a new approach in the timber industry. Instead of the previous cut down forests only, has now begun, the forests targeted reforest to later "harvest" once again to be able to. This had encouraged the woodcutters Ed Baker and Glen Masterson. In 1938, the first time were experimentally deliberately planted trees.

1941 was the Weyerhaeuser of Metro -Goldwyn -Mayer film Trees and Homes produce. This documentary was shown later, among other schools.

In the 1950s the company opened subsidiaries in Venezuela, Malaysia and the Philippines. Furthermore, it expanded into the southern United States, where it acquired large areas of forest. The 1950s also brought the introduction to the packaging industry. With the purchase of the Hamilton Paper Company in Pennsylvania Weyerhaeuser went into the fine paper production in the 1960s. In addition, the company acquired more than 700,000 acres of land in Arkansas, which she completed her largest single land purchase. 1963 Weyerhaeuser went public in San Francisco and New York.

The typhoon destroyed in 1962 Frieda large forest areas. Since the U.S. market do not need such large quantities of wood, Weyerhaeuser sold the timber to Japan. The typhoon was thus the trigger for entry into the market in the Far East. In 1965 the company built in a joint venture in the Canadian city of Kamloops a production plant for bleached kraft pulp. First company in the USA exported Weyerhaeuser 1974 in the People's Republic of China.

The eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano on 18 May 1980 destroyed large areas of forest, as well as material and the Group streets. As previously undertook Weyerhaeuser great efforts to save the still usable wood. More than 1,000 people were almost three years busy. Despite the skepticism of many, the company began the reforestation of the area, leaving a total of 18.4 million plant seedlings.

1999 Weyerhaeuser purchased MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. Canadian competitors. for $ 2.6 billion. 2006, the Group disposed of its business line for fine paper.

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The company manufactures a variety of products in conjunction with wood, such as timbers, pulp, paper and packaging. By Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Company but also land and houses are sold.