Welcome to the Wood-Mizer website. By reading this note, you have potentially taken the first step familiar to more than 60,000 others who have joined the Wood-Mizer family since 1982. I thank you for your interest in all our company has to offer.
Today, I have the privilege of serving as Wood-Mizer’s CEO, but in 1987 I was just like you – considering joining the Wood-Mizer family of customers. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was at a forestry show in the United Kingdom when I saw my first Wood-Mizer. I was amazed. I stopped and just watched the Wood-Mizer LT40G18 cutting a large oak log, and could barely believe my eyes.
It was on that sunny day in the middle of a Northern England forest that I was introduced to the small family business known as Wood-Mizer. My blood began to turn orange, first as an owner, then as an agent in Scotland, and then working with Wood-Mizer to introduce the magic of narrow band saw milling to the European market. I knew this was the future for individuals and corporations alike, and so began my full-time commitment to the best technology in the world for the efficient production of timber products from the round log.
That’s me on the right (blending in with the orange mill) getting ready to saw with our Finnish distributor, on our first demo tour in Finland about 20 years ago.
As you get to know Wood-Mizer, you’ll find we not only have the best technology, but we also strive to build a relationship with you, our future customer. We make it easy for you to see, in person, what can be accomplished with our mills. You can visit one of our 20+ coast-to-coast locations, take advantage of our exclusive Pro Sawyer Network of registered Wood-Mizer owners who will give you a personal sawmill demonstration, or stop by and see us at one of the 200 shows we attend every year.
Chances are, as you continue to learn more about our company, you’ll meet one of our many customers who have achieved their dreams with a Wood-Mizer. The hard work and dedication they have put into making their dreams a reality are celebrated throughout this site in our project gallery, our blog, and in our exclusive customer magazine – The Wood-Mizer Way.
When I was introduced to Wood-Mizer, I was welcomed with the fundamental principles of compassion and faith. Wood-Mizer will continue to uphold these values in our business and personal lives every day. I am honoured and humbled to have been invited into and to have grown within this amazing global family that is Wood-Mizer. I look forward to serving the ever-increasing community of owners throughout the world, who are making a difference in so many ways.
Richard Vivers CEO Wood-Mizer LLC