The story of Sinclar starts simply: with two men who wanted to plant roots in a community and help build it. Sinclar’s founders, Ivan Andersen and Bob Stewart, started a legacy that continues to this day. The two started Sinclar as a lumber wholesaler in 1962, navigating market fluctuations and shifting environments, turning change and adaptability into the company’s strength.
The model was clearly successful. When Ivan and Bob first started operating under the Sinclar name, they were one of 20 lumber wholesalers in the Prince George region. Within a few years, they were the only one. Through strong leadership, constant innovation, and always putting community partnerships at the heart of the business, the Andersen and Stewart families have grown Sinclar into a thriving group of companies rooted in British Columbia’s Central Interior, producing a variety of forest products and sustainable energy.
Ivan Andersen and Bob Stewart start Sinclar Enterprises in Prince George, BC as lumber wholesalers.
They decided to name their new enterprise after the town in which they met, Sinclair Mills, BC.
Andersen, Stewart, and Dean Shaw buy into Apollo Forest Products in Fort St. James, BC with Buster Irving
Andersen and Stewart buy into Nechako Lumber Co. planer mill in Vanderhoof, BC with co-owners Lloyd Larsen, Mike Manojlovic,
Larsen, Manojlovic, Gene Scott, Andersen, and Stewart open L&M Lumber sawmill in Vanderhoof, BC
Andersen, Stewart, and George Killy acquire Lakeland Mills in Prince George, BC
An energy system gets installed at Lakeland Mills
Andersen, Stewart, and Killy acquire The Pas Lumber Company
Tl'oh Forest Products opens in Fort St. James, BC in partnership with Nak'azdli First Nation
The Pas Lumber Company acquires Spruce Capital Homes
Apollo installs the first "Finscan" auto-grading system in Canada
Sinclar expands into the wood pellets industry with the addition of Premium Pellet Ltd. in Vanderhoof, BC
The Pas Lumber Company name is changed to Winton Global Lumber
Spruce Capital Homes begins doing business as Winton Global Homes Division
Sinclar Enterprises is renamed to Sinclar Group Forest Products to reflect their group of companies and the wide variety of forest products they produce and sell.
Lakeland begins agreement with UNBC to supply mill residuals for the university's bioenergy plant
Lakeland Mills enters agreement with the City of Prince George to provide heat for the Downtown Renewable Energy System
Winton Global Homes Division's name is changed to Winton Homes Ltd.
Nechako Green Energy opens as the first Organic Rankine Cycle energy system used in wood processing in North America
The Andersen and Stewart families acquire full ownership of the Vanderhoof lumber operations (Nechako Lumber and L&M Lumber) and Nechako Green Energy, which are brought together as Nechako Lumber Co.
Nechako Lumber and Apollo Forest Products celebrate 50 years of operation