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Forty-six lumber dealers, guests and retirees embarked on a progressive bus trip around the spectacular eastern Washington and Idaho panhandle during the Northwestern Lumber Association 2019 Mill Tour.  This annual 5-6 day adventure (to a different location each year) consisted of six in-depth LMB industry tours while also taking time to enjoy the surrounding sights and attractions. 

Industry tours included visits to Boise Cascade Plywood and the enormous Vaagen Brothers Lumber (sawmill) in northern Washington.  We then crossed the border into Idaho to visit an even larger plywood company – PotlatchDeltic – in St. Maries.  From there, we focused on several industry locations in and around the Coeur d’ Alene area, including the Coeur d’ Alene Tree Nursery and Edgewood Log Homes/Big Cabin Log & Timber.  Our last industry tour was to Coeur d’ Alene Wood, a young, but extremely innovative and growing company that produces aged-looking wood (barnwood style) naturally with no chemicals.  Every tour was extremely educational, and the companies were more than welcoming to our group.

Scattered throughout the week were visits to area attractions and time to explore this glorious part of the country.  Although Spokane welcomed us with snow upon our arrival, by mid-week we were floating on a boat on beautiful Lake Coeur d’ Alene watching an awe-inspiring sunset!  We also explored the Sierra Silver Mines and historic Wallace, Idaho, took an in-depth tour of the City of Spokane, stretched our legs on some amazing hiking trails, and, of course, reconnected with friends and peers.

The Inland Northwest Mill Tour was SOLD OUT in less than 3 days – completely from those on the interest list!  If you’d like to participate in a future NLA Mill Tour, please fill out the online Interest List form or reach out to Jodie Fleck at (763) 595-4058 or  You will be alerted FIRST when information is available.  Next year’s destination and dates will be announced in early 2020.