About Omak Wood Products
Omak Wood Products LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wood Resources LLC, a portfolio company of Atlas Holdings LLC, a Connecticut-based private investment group focused on specialty manufacturing businesses.
The company is reviving the former Colville Indian Plywood & Veneer mill in Omak, Washington. The second-largest tribal organization in the state and the largest employer in Okanogan County, the Confederated Colville Tribes operated the mill from 2001 until 2009, when the harshest decline in the construction industry in 50 years forced its closure.
Unemployment has surged in Okanogan County ever since — reaching 10.6 percent in December 2012 — and reopening the mill brings much-needed jobs to the region. Omak Wood Products will, at full production, directly employ as many as 200 people, plus additional jobs will be created by the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation to fulfill its log-supply agreement with the mill.
Reopening the mill also preserves a crucial piece of the community’s past and present. The Colville Tribes have been involved in the timber business for more than a century, and wages earned at the mill have helped the region’s families put food on the table for decades.
Wood Resources is currently restoring the Omak mill. Although significant maintenance and upgrades are required to make it operational, critical equipment was preserved well during the shutdown. The company expects Omak Wood Products will begin producing softwood veneer by the end of summer 2013 and plywood by mid-2014.
In addition to Omak Wood Products, Wood Resources also operates Olympic Panel Products in Shelton, Washington.