The market for standing timber is not like most products. Currently over 57% of the timber resources of the United States are owned by private interests. In other words, in addition to being very spread out geographically, timber resources are held by a very large number of relatively small owners.
This combination creates a market that is very fragmented and relatively inefficient.
You see, in the typical timber sale, logs are passed though one, two or even three middle men before they are turned into finished products such as kiln-dried lumber or hardwood flooring. As timber passes along the supply chain, each middle man adds his profit onto the sale price, resulting in both the end user overpaying for timber as well as the land owner earning too little.
At Ohio Timber Works, we firmly believe that the timber industry is moving to a more consolidated model whereby timber is passed in a much more direct manner from the woods to its end use. We can afford to pay more than most logging companies for standing timber because we aren’t middle men—much of what we buy as stumpage is used in our own sawmill. What we don’t cut is sold to end users such as veneer companies and lumber product companies.
We’re so confident in our model that we offer a high price guarantee on our timber purchases!
In addition to the other ways we work with land owners to ensure a timber harvest is both profitable and pleasurable, we know you’ll be glad you chose Timber Works to responsibly harvest your standing timber.