During the post war slump of the late 1940’s, friends Fred Johnson and Oscar Mood began talking about Montana. Johnson, born in Norway, and Mood, from another Scandinavian family, worked in the timber industry of Minnesota. Seeing a brighter future in Montana, they visited several lumbermen who had moved to Montana from Minnesota. Catching wind of a lumber mill for sale, they traveled to Seeley Lake in the winter of 1949 and purchased the Bockmier Mill, renaming it “J & M Lumber.”
Over 50 years and three generations have passed since Fred and Oscar purchased the Seeley Lake mill, yet Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. continues to carry on the tradition of quality and stewardship of the land. Roger Johnson and his sons, Steve and Todd, understand the importance of maintaining and managing our natural resources. Read more about the Johnson family and the newest member to Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc., Charlie Parke.
Roger Johnson, current Pyramid Mountain Lumber president, and second generation mill owner, started working for his father over four decades ago. He has been actively involved in many state and national wood product associations. He is a hands on owner-operator, from selling lumber to sawmill cleanup. Roger and his wife Rhea are volunteers in the small community of Seeley Lake. He enjoys his grandchildren, bird hunting, and Griz football. Roger’s proudest accomplishment is providing employment for the community in which he lives. Pyramid Mountain Lumber is the largest employer in Seeley Lake.
Steve Johnson, third generation, started his career with Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. over twenty years ago, sweeping the shop, cleaning restrooms, and picking up the yard. He now serves as Sales Manager, shipping 70 million board feet of lumber yearly. Steve and his wife, Annette, have a son and daughter. He enjoys flying and snowmobiling in the mountains of Western Montana.
Todd Johnson, third generation, was sweeping and cleaning the mill at the age of twelve. Now Plant Manager, Todd is often found in the far corners of the mill doing whatever needs to be done to keep the mill running. Todd and his wife, Twyla, have a daughter and son. He enjoys horses, camping, hunting and snowmobiling.
New to the Pyramid family is long-time logger and rancher, Charlie Parke, of Drummond, Montana. The Mood family, original partners in Pyramid Mountain Lumber, sold their shares to Parke in 2001. Charlie ParkeCharlie Parke, Vice President of Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc., was raised in Drummond, Montana. Charlie started logging to help support their ranch. Now, one son runs the ranch while Charlie, two other sons, and a son-in-law run the logging operation. In 2001 when the Mood family decided to pursue other life opportunities, Charlie bought the Mood family’s shares thus becoming a Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. owner. Charlie saw the need and felt compelled to keep providing jobs for the logging and timber industry. The people at Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. impressed him with their honest principles and common-sense management. The new relationship has worked well for all parties involved. Charlie and his wife, Janet, keep busy with church work, community volunteering, and 17 grandchildren.For more info visit: www.Parkelogging.com