About

Weston Forest is one of North America’s leading full service distributors and remanufacturers of softwood & hardwood lumber, and specialty panel products.

Weston Forest maintains an extensive inventory of Industrial and commodity lumber and panels to provide just-in-time service to the crating and industrial packaging industry, construction and infrastructure sector, and Lumber and Building Materials dealers, including MSR lumber for truss manufacturers.

Weston Forest also acts as an exclusive sales agent for a group of SPF sawmills in northern Ontario, producing mostly rough lumber in dimensions up to 12x12x32’.

Weston Forest operates a distribution and remanufacturing facility at the head office in Mississauga, Ontario, and uses several distribution and remanufacturing facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Michigan, and New York.

Mission

We quickly respond to our customers’ needs and solve their issues with a wide variety of solutions that benefit their business.

Vision

We create two-way relationships with customers and suppliers, offer diverse opportunities for our team, promote open communication with all of our stakeholders, and focus on strengthening our industry and growing our company.

Value Proposition

“Weston Forest delivers the right solutions. We are truly focused on creating great relationships and becoming your go-to source – by doing what we say we’ll do. We have proven our expertise and commitment to become one of North America’s strongest and most respected organizations. Today, Weston Forest is a trusted partner to our customers, suppliers and employees. We will continue to find new ways to solve your challenges and take an active role in building a sustainable industry.”

History

Established as a small lumber yard in 1953, Weston Road Wholesale was run by Frank Ekstein until his son Rick joined the company in 1978.

Weston then grew from a single lumber yard with 12 employees to become the Weston Forest Group – one of Canada’s most diversified forest product remanufacturing and distribution companies, conducting business on four continents and in over forty countries.  At various times, Weston had offices or operated remanufacturing companies in Canada, the United States, China, Chile, India, Dubai, Russia and the United Kingdom.  Weston Forest Group directly employed 200 people, and achieved sales of almost $200 million.

A reorganization of the group in 2000 led to the creation of six separate companies, some of which have subsequently been sold to either staff or to third parties.

Weston enterprises still controlled by the Ekstein family are still heavily involved in global trade, with offices in both Chile and China.

Today, Weston Forest is one of the largest and most diverse wholesalers, distributors and remanufacturers of forest products in Canada, catering to a wide variety of Industrial Accounts, Remanufacturers, Pressure Treating facilities, Manufactured Housing facilities, Concrete Forming and Infrastructure Contractors, Truss Manufacturers, and Retail and Contractor Yards.

With over 100 staff, including over 30 Sales staff, Weston Forest has wide geographic coverage throughout Canada and the United States.

Weston has repeatedly been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies, and most recently as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

Sustainability

WESTON FOREST is a leader in our industry. We are active in several industry associations, in many cases at the committee, board, and executive level.

We are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), because we care about the management of the world’s forest resource. A significant part of our business involves extending this forest resource through remanufacturing.

We were one of the first companies in Canada certified under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Canadian Heat Treated Wood Products Certification Program (CHTWPCP), and the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP). This ensures that we are IPPC – ISPM No. 15 compliant, which safeguards the world’s forests from invasive species.

WESTON FOREST is C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certified, not just to expedite our shipments, but because it’s the right thing to do.

We also strive to be a good corporate citizen by being involved in local charity programs, both financially and with our people.

WESTON FOREST. You’ll love doing business with us.

People

WESTON FOREST has some of the best people in the industry. Period.

We have a rare combination of seasoned experts and fresh perspective. It is just as common to encounter a 20+ year veteran as it is to meet a 20-something running a major business unit.

We have a full-time training coordinator, who ensures that everyone at Weston Forest gets the education they need to do their job to the best of their ability.

We have an in-house Leadership Program that identifies and develops leaders, and gives them the tools to succeed in our environment, or any other.

WESTON FOREST. You’ll love doing business with us.

Facilities

WESTON FOREST operates a distribution and remanufacturing facility at the head office in Mississauga, Ontario, and uses several distribution and remanufacturing facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Michigan, and New York.


Head Office, Mississauga, ON

  • Full range of softwood, hardwood, panel, and specialty products: all grades and sizes
  • Full remanufacturing facility: custom milling services include cut-to-size, grooving, notching, resawing, radius, ripping, dressing


Ottawa, ON

  • Industrial, Construction, and MSR lumber.


Fort Erie, ON

  • Heat treating and remanufacturing for Industrial and Pallet & Box markets


Windsor, ON

  • Low grade lumber for Industrial and Pallet & Box applications


Montreal, QC

  • Lumber and plywood to service the Infrastructure, Road and Bridge, and High Rise sectors along with several other niche markets.


Edmonton, AB

  • Lumber transload facility


Detroit, MI

  • Full range of Commodity lumber


Lackawanna, NY

  • Full range of Industrial lumber