Vanport Manufacturing, Inc. is formed with the purpose of processing small logs for domestic lumber and exporting large logs to Japan.


With the restriction of log export to Japan, Vanport’s small log sawmill is remodeled to process larger logs for the Japanese market.


A Japanese model home (The Teahouse) is built next to the Boring office to showcase all the products produced by Vanport’s mills.

Vanport is named “Exporter of the Year” by the Governor of Oregon.


Vanport receives The Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award on May 15, 1986.


Vanport becomes the first sawmill outside of Japan to receive the JAS (Japan Agricultural Standards) stamp of approval from the Japanese government.


Vanport International is formed to better serve all of Vanport’s partner mills with dedicated quality control, production, and marketing personnel. Representation in Russia is established as well.


Vanport International begins assisting the Yakama Indian Nation by building a sawmill and training tribal millworkers and management staff in the operation of the mill and the marketing of lumber.


Having marketed lumber for export to Japan from sources in the U.S. and Canada, Vanport expands its sourcing, adding Europe by marketing European production after providing sawmills with guidance in manufacturing and in lumber grading for the Japanese market.


Vanport establishes an office in Canada.


Vanport enters a new market with
representation for forest products in China.


Vanport’s Chris Ketcham is named Timber Processing Magazine’s “Man of the Year” for his accomplishments in the planning and management of the Yakama sawmill.


Vanport starts selling lumber from Ilimprom in Russia and becomes an exclusive partner.


Vanport receives its FSC® Chain of Custody certification on March 23, 2008, and begins assisting the Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs with the operation and management of their sawmill.


Vanport receives its PEFC® (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certification on November 28th, 2012.


Frutifor Lumber Company in Tacuarembó, Uruguay, starts its new sawmill. Vanport becomes an exporter of their sawmill’s pine products.


Vanport begins a marketing program for a manufacturer in Japan, Sun Cedar, a new sawmill producing Japanese cedar lumber for the export market.

Baikalwood in Siberia starts to market their Russian red pine, spruce and larch for export through Vanport.