What is Belco Forest Products?
Belco (Bellingham Lumber Company) is a specialty manufacturer that produces the highest value trim and accent products for residential and commercial construction markets.
Why is Belco Forest Products Based in Shelton, Washington?
Shelton, Washington is home to a rich history of logging and timber production. This gives our workforce an edge in all facets of the wood products business from raw material acquisition, to manufacturing, to distribution and sales.
How is Belco Forest Products Involved in the Shelton Community?
It’s important that as a company we contribute time and resources to our community and encourage others to do likewise." -Bill Staley, President and CEO of Belco Forest Products.
Home for a Hero
On Oct. 15, 2011, during his second deployment with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, Marine Sergeant Franklin was returning from a night observation post when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Sangin, Afghanistan. The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs and two fingers on his right hand. Now medically retired, he and his girlfriend train service dogs. Home for our Troops built a new, more accessible home for Sgt. Milan in Shelton, Washington while Belco supplied WOODGRAIN paneling for the front porch ceiling and XT Trim for the exterior. It's just our way of saying thanks to Marine Sgt. Milan Franklin for his sacrifice.
Investing in Our Future
Building confidence and skills in today’s youth is one our favorite ways to give back. Notably, CpEG grants are given to teachers in South Mason county to enrich student learning in creative and exciting ways.
To begin with, community is an essential part of our company.
Furthermore, we believe that a company is only as strong and healthy as the surrounding community.
Some examples of our community involvement include food donations during the holidays, support for civic organizations, and fostering spirit throughout the year.
What is the History of Belco Forest Products?
1978 - The Bellingham Lumber Company (known as Belco today) was created as a wholesale lumber brokerage firm.
1980 - Managing partner, John Staley, purchased the company. By doing this, he was following in the footsteps of his father, Jack Staley, who managed U.S. Plywood operations in Spokane as a WWII veteran. Belco began putting inventory on the ground around the greater Seattle area to service a growing customer base in Alaska.
1982 - Belco purchased property in Lakewood, Washington that would eventually serve as a central location for his wholesale lumber distribution yard serving Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. A focus on setting the standard in quality, innovation, and service made them one of the largest distributors in the Northwest.
1990 - Tragedy struck when John died at 45 from Leukemia with his wife and four children by his side.
1999 - Bill Staley bought out his siblings after running the company with them since the death of his father.
2000 - As the new millennium dawned, Belco acquired an 8-acre parcel in Fredrickson, Washington and immediately began constructing a state of the art warehouse and rail spur.
2002 - Belco developed the XT manufacturing process to capitalize on a market opportunity for treated, primed, SPF trim and fascia.
2003 - XT Trim entered the market with robust demand and became the main product line that defined Belco.
2004 - A 16-acre manufacturing facility in Shelton, Washington was acquired and modified to meet increasing demand for the treated, primed XT product line.
2007 - The Frederickson distribution center was eventually sold to Parr Lumber in 2007 to consolidate operations.
2015 - Belco launched the XT Post, a treated, primed, glue-laminated column for decorating exteriors. In addition, Wolman AG surface treatment became standard on all XT products.
2018 - WOODGRAIN accent paneling became a new product offering to meet the needs of interior designers.
Present - To this day, the Staley name is trusted and very well known in the building materials industry.
Who Works at Belco Forest Products?