Our Beginnings

Celebrating 40 Years of Wood-Mizer

In 1982 two entrepreneurs, Don Laskowski and Dan Tekulve, designed and manufactured a new kind of sawmill that was a true innovation for the sawmilling industry. The first Wood-Mizer portable sawmill was engineered to be efficient, cost-effective, and simple to operate, so that anyone, anywhere could safely turn logs into lumber.

Using thin-kerf sawmill blades, more boards were recovered from every log, less energy was used to operate, and fallen trees in the forest or city were able to be salvaged by individuals on-site. From Sawmill #1 to 100,000+ worldwide, thank you for Celebrating 40 Years of Wood-Mizer.

Don Laskowski (left),Co-Founder of Wood-Mizer, and his family in 1982.

Wood-Mizer Co-Founders Don Laskowski (left) and Dan Tekulve (right).

Wood-Mizer Portable Sawmill #1 Delivered to New York by Don Laskowski (right), Wood-Mizer Co-Founder.