• Our company roots run deep.

A Legacy Built on Logging

Watkins Sawmills wasn’t always in the business of roofing. Bill Watkins started his career in British Columbia, Canada’s logging industry in the 1930s. After gaining experience he struck out on his own and opened a small logging operation. Soon Bill was able to build his own lumber mill on the Harrison River and in 1947, Watkins Sawmills was born. Over the years, Bill’s little company grew to include his son and grandson, and the company’s offerings grew to include manufacturing. Today, Watkins Sawmills is one of the largest manufacturers of cedar siding and roofing in North America.

  • "Our customers have stuck with us for decades because our values – Loyalty, Ethics, Friendship and Professionalism - come through with everything we do. "

    — Ed Watkins, President

One Source for Everything Cedar

Still family owned and operated in British Columbia, Watkins Sawmills offers a complete solution for customers and dealers across the continent looking for high quality Western Red Cedar roofing products. The company employs over 100 people across numerous facilities and divisions. These include a cedar shake and shingle mill, sidewall manufacturing plant, fire safety and preservative treatment facility, logging division, wholesale and shipping division, dry kiln facilities and a sidewall painting division.

Partnerships That Bring You More

At Watkins Sawmills, we’re proud to invest in our own logging operation, which is rare in our industry. However, over the years our company has also built a strong network of smaller mills and suppliers of high quality cedar products. This means our inventory is vast and we always have what you need, when you need it. As our customer, you don’t have to shop around to numerous mills or suppliers – we’re your one source for the best of the best.