William Kordyban Sr., Carrier Lumber's co-founder, started in 1951 with small bush mills, specializing in salvage and remote operations. Carrier quickly established a reputation for innovative technology and the ability to undertake difficult projects. Carrier has pioneered the development and use of portable modular mills for fire and insect-killed salvage, all in remote operations.
The mills are built in modules, which are trucked to the site and bolted together. A typical sawmill requires 50 semi-trailers to ship. The latest generation of mill technology is arguably the most sophisticated in the world. Equipped with the latest processing technology controlled by computer and powered by diesel gensets, they can produce over 175,000 fbm per shift.
In 1976, Carrier built the Tabor Mill complex in Prince George, which is being continually upgraded. The mill consists of a two line dimension sawmill, planer mill, six dry sheds for storing lumber during market turndowns, a wood yard, dry kilns, and extensive space for air drying lumber. Partially air drying some species greatly improves quality.
Today, Carrier has interest in 2 mills in Western Canada capable of producing 500 million board feet of lumber annually and employs over 250 people.