Belco History

Setting the standard since 1978

2020
Belco Expands Johns Prairie Operations (JPOP)
In 2020 Belco expands its footprint with the addition of JPOP (Johns Prairie Operations) for packaging and storage. Notably, Belco has seen its largest expansion of growth in the last 2-3 years, and Bill’s plans are only to increase opportunities for market share and growth. Belco is launching a new product, XTT&G, as it continues to set the standard for trim products in the Forest Products Industry.
2018
Belco 40th Anniversary
In 2018 Belco celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary. Belco begins strategizing expansion plans and devolps the Belco Playbook, a document that specifies the company’s purpose, “to provide opportunities that enrich the lives of its employees and their families.”
2015
The XT Revolution
Belco XT Trim Paperwrapped Full Units
In 2015, Belco transforms the industry by adding Wolman AG® surface treatment to their XT Trim, forever changing the standard for the exterior wood trim product catagory. In late 2015 Belco then launches the XT Post, a glue-laminated engineered column.
2008
Belco Consolidates Operations to Shelton and Changes Focus to Manufacturing
As Belco Trim grows to become the core product defining the company, the decision is made to consolidate operations to the Shelton facility and focuse excusively on being the best in the world at manufactring exterior trim products
2003
Belco Aquires Shelton Manufacturing Facility
In 2003 Belco takes steps to increase capacity and quality control. Belco acquires a 16- acre manufacturing facility in Shelton, Washington and redesigns the facility to produce Belco Trim more efficiently.
2001
Belco Enters the Wood Trim Market
Seizing an opportunity for better quality exterior wood trim Belco introduces The ArmorCoat Process in 2001. High quality raw wood is sourced, manufactured, and given a proprietary primer coating. Belco has created a premier product that changes the way builders build houses.
2000
Belco Builds New Distribution Center with Rail
The Staley’s acquire an eight- acre parcel near the Port of Tacoma and begin constructing a state-of-the- art warehouse facility and rail spur.
1999
The Legacy Lives On
Following in their father’s footsteps, Belco is acquired by John’s three adult children in 1999. Bill Staley becomes the new President & CEO, and begins a company transformation from commodities to a more specialty product focus.
1991
Tragedy
John Staley
John Staley tragically passes away in 1991 after a three-year battle with cancer at the early age of 45.
1985
Belco Becomes Stocking Distributor
Belco Expands
The lumber industry comes naturally to John, and therefore it is only a matter of time before he begins to think about what next steps he can take to grow Belco. Belco began operations as a wholesale distribution yard in Tacoma WA, expanding their customer base to Oregon as well. Belco's service first reputation and expanded offerings propelled record growth. It is not long before they became one of the largest distributors in the Northwest.
1982
John Buys Belco
John Staley
John Staley, the future president of Belco, recognizes the growing need for quality product and better service in the greater Seattle area, as well as in Alaska. This apparent need coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit inspires John’s decision to purchase the company as a managing partner in 1982.
1978
Belco was Founded
Belco Founded
Belco Forest Products, now a national manufacturer for premier trim and posts, originates as an office wholesale lumber brokerage firm in 1978. BELCO is an accronym for , “Bellingham Lumber Company.”
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