History

Commonwealth Plywood Co. Ltd. was founded in 1940 to produce birch veneer for the World War II effort. Birch veneer was then used to produce plywood for the Royal Air Force’s Mosquito bomber.

Today, Commonwealth Plywood is a group of companies managed from its corporate headquarters located in Ste.Therese, just north of Montreal, Quebec. The company has grown to include five rotary veneer mills, two veneer splicing mills, eight sawmills, three kiln drying operations, three plywood production mills, one flooring mill and eighteen distribution centers located in Canada and the USA.

historiqueCommonwealth Plywood and its sister companies have an annual sales volume of over $300 million Canadian, and provide employment to over 1,000 skilled workers in Canada and the USA.

Our strength as a leading supplier of quality forest products is guaranteed by our superior resource allocation. Our forestry operations manage over 25,000 square kilometers of prime crown forest in the province of Quebec on a sustained yield basis. Our forestry management techniques are among the finest in the world, and our supply of raw materials is guaranteed by renewable twenty-five year contracts to harvest and manage one of the strongest timber basis in our industry. In fact, Commonwealth Plywood spends over $3 million US annually in reforestation and other forest improvements.

As a fully integrated forest products company, we are well positioned as one of the world’s long term suppliers of decorative rotary veneer and lumber in both hardwoods and softwoods.

Through our continued innovation, and dynamic leadership; Commonwealth Plywood has assured its place as a reliable supplier in the global forest products industry. We have the consistent quality and dependable supply you require both now and in the future.

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