Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., located in West Kelowna, is a manufacturer of Engelmann Spruce and Lodgepole Pine 1-inch boards. With the third generation of family actively involved in the business, the company sells a variety of products to over 30 countries around the world.
Over the past 68 years, Gorman has created strong brand recognition for their ability to dry wood, finishing of their product, and for a smooth and splinter resistant edge known as the “Gorman Edge”. Their newest product, “Barnwood”, is a reclaimed look that is achieved through an aging process utilizing UV lighting and a natural aging process.
The company started in 1951, when the Gorman Brothers started producing Apple Bin Boxes for Orchards throughout the Okanagan Valley. After a mill fire, they chose to rebuild their mill to produce 1 inch boards rather than dimensional lumber and focus on the value-added market. In the first year they produced 2.5 million board and after decades of re-investment in technology and the mill, the company now produces in excess of 200 million board feet per year. The company employs more than 1200 employees under the parent company, Gorman Group.