The Goulard Story.
Goulard Lumber (1971) Ltd. was first established in 1948 and is now a fourth generation family owned and operated softwood lumber sawmill located in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. The primary species manufactured at this facility are red and white pine and the majority of the fibre are provided through a Ministry of Natural Resources Supply Agreement from the Nipissing, Temagami, Sudbury and French-Severn Forests.
Goulard Lumber is also a shareholder in the following Sustainable Forest Licenses (SFL):
Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc.
Vermilion Forest Management Company Ltd.
Nipissing Forest Resource Management Inc.
A small percentage of our fibre comes from local and regional private landowners, as well as from the Temagami and Nipissing First Nation lands.
Goulard Lumber is a primary sawmill operation with its own harvesting and log transportation operations, specializing in white and red pine lumber. The company’s sawmill operation is designed to meet the customers’ ever-changing needs. Flexibility allows us to produce various items and dimensions in various forms, from green rough to graded air dried, to finished stock.
Our business objectives continue to be:
“To be an industry leader in the manufacturing of good quality lumber, to
provide superior service, to provide a good working environment for all
employees, to be a good regional corporate citizen, while maintaining good
stewardship in our renewable and sustainable forest resources through
recognized forest management, and finally, to be conscientious to the
environment while providing a reasonable return on investment.”
Fourth Generation and Going Strong.
Goulard Lumber was founded in 1948 by Romeo Goulard, in partnership with his father Hector, and brothers Leo and Guy Goulard Lumber has been a family-owned and operated business since its inception. In 2012 Goulard Lumber proudly welcomed the fourth generation of Goulards to the management team.
We’re part of the community.
Over the last sixty years, the Goulard Family has been an important supporter of many community events and intiatives.
Roméo Goulard, was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2004 for his numerous contributions toward sports for West Nipissing. He was responsible for financing the development of Goulard Park, a first class facility with lights for baseball and fast ball. He was also responsible for having financed the improvements made to the municipal football and soccer field near the Sturgeon Falls Sports complex. Also, his generous contributions were instrumental to the development of the indoor swimming pool and sports complex
Goulard Lumber employees and members of the family have always been actively involved in the community through various sponsorships of events and/or local sports teams and activities, as well as active members of local charity groups. The following is a partial list of our community involvement:
Sponsor of various hockey teams from Minor Hockey to Men Senior Hockey League
Active member of the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce
Sponsor of the annual West Nipissing golf tournament
Sponsor of the annual West Nipissing summer fair
Goulard was the corporate sponsor for the new West Nipissing baseball field
Sponsor of youth soccer leagues
Member of the local fundraising committee for the West Nipissing hospital.
This family owned and operated sawmill operation has proven its commitment and its will to surmount many obstacles during its 60 plus years within this community. In fact, since our inception in 1948, we have outlived a number of other forest companies that have come and gone in Sturgeon Falls. Goulard Lumber is now the only wood processing facility in Sturgeon Falls. This family company has outlived the likes of Abitibi, MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser, who operated the now closed and dismantled recycled corrugated paper mill.
Our company has had a positive economic impact on Sturgeon Falls and the surrounding communities through stable employment at the sawmill and our harvesting operations equalling to $2.2 million in payroll annually as well as an additional $4 million in yearly acquisition of local products and services.