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Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company
Public
Traded as NYSE: WY
S&P 500 Component
Industry Forest Products
Founded 1900, Longview, Washington, USA
Headquarters Federal Way, Washington, USA
Key people
Doyle Simons (CEO) [1]
Revenue US$7.1 billion (2012)[2]
US$385 million (2012)[2]
Number of employees
13,200[2]
Website www.weyerhaeuser.com

Weyerhaeuser (pronounced "Warehouser"[3]) is one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands. It owns or controls more than 6 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manages another 14 million acres under long-term licenses in Canada. The company also manufactures wood and cellulose fiber products. Weyerhaeuser is a real estate investment trust.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Operations 2
  • Corporate governance 3
  • References 4
    • Further reading 4.1
  • External links 5

History

In 1900, after years of successful Mississippi River-based lumber and mill operations with Frederick Denkmann and others, Frederick Weyerhaeuser moved west to fresh timber areas and founded the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. Fifteen partners and 900,000 acres (3,600 km²) of Washington timberland were involved in the founding,[4] and the land was purchased from James J. Hill of the Great Northern Railway.[5] In 1929, the company built what was then the world's largest sawmill in Longview, Washington. Weyerhaeuser's pulp mill in Longview, which began production in 1931, sustained the company financially during the Great Depression. In 1959, the company eliminated the word "Timber" from its name to better reflect its operations. In 1965, Weyerhaeuser built its first bleached kraft pulp mill in Canada. Weyerhaeuser implemented its High Yield Forestry Plan in 1967 which drew upon 30 years of forestry research and field experience. It called for the planting of seedlings within one year of a harvest, soil fertilization, thinning, rehabilitation of brushlands, and, eventually, genetic improvement of trees.

Weyerhaeuser consolidated its core businesses in the late 1990s and ended its services in mortgage banking, personal care products, financial services, and information systems consulting. Weyerhaeuser also expanded into South America, Australia, and Asia. In 1999, Weyerhaeuser purchased MacMillan Bloedel Limited, a large Canadian forestry company. Then in 2002 after a protracted hostile buyout, the company acquired Willamette Industries, Inc. of Portland, Oregon.[6] On August 23, 2006, Weyerhaeuser announced a deal which spun off its fine paper business to be combined with Domtar, a $3.3 billion cash and stock deal leaving Weyerhaeuser stock holders with 55 percent ownership of the new Domtar company.

In March 2008, Weyerhaeuser Company announced the sale of its Containerboard Packaging and Recycling business to International Paper for $6 billion in cash, subject to post closing adjustments. The transaction included nine containerboard mills, 72 packaging locations, 10 specialty-packaging plants, four kraft bag and sack locations and 19 recycling facilities. The transaction affected approximately 14,300 employees.[7]

Weyerhaeuser converted into a real estate investment trust when it filed its 2010 tax return.[8]

In 2013, Weyerhaeuser purchased Longview Timber for $2.65 billion including debt from Brookfield Asset Management. The acquisition added 645,000 acres of timberland to Weyerhaeuser's holdings in Oregon and Washington.[9]

In 2014, Weyerhaeuser spun off its home building unit to TRI Pointe Homes in a $2.8 billion transaction.[10] The company also announced its intention to sell its current Federal Way headquarters and relocate to Seattle's Pioneer Square in 2016.[11]

Operations

The company's operations are divided into three major business segments:

  • Timberlands — Growing and harvesting trees in renewable cycles.
  • Wood Products — Manufacturing and distribution of building materials for homes and other structures.
  • Cellulose Fiber — Research and development, manufacturing and distribution of pulp products.

Corporate governance

Doyle Simons is the CEO and president of Weyerhaeuser Company. The Weyerhaeuser board of directors consists of: Debra A. Cafaro, Mark Emmert, John I. Kieckhefer, Wayne W. Murdy, Nicole Piasecki, Doyle R. Simons, Richard Sinkfield, D. Michael Steuert, Kim Williams and Charles Williamson.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Doyle Simons Appointed President and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company". Weyerhaeuser. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d "2012 Annual Report" (PDF). 
  3. ^ [2] ...The village - and the man after whom the city was named, is actually pronounced "ware-howzer." The original German pronunciation is closer to "wire-hoyzer."
  4. ^ "Weyerhaeuser in Brief" (PDF). Weyerhaeuser. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 9, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Weyerhaeuser makes one of the largest land purchases in United States history on January 3, 1900.". HistoryLink.org. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Weyerhaeuser Welcomes Oregon Willamette Employees as Companies Combine to grow Global Leader". PR Newswire. 
  7. ^ "Weyerhaeuser News Release". Weyerhaeuser.com. 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  8. ^ Weyerhaeuser Declares Special Dividend, Marks Milestone in Planned REIT Conversion, http://investor.weyerhaeuser.com/2010-07-12-Weyerhaeuser-Declares-Special-Dividend-Marks-Milestone-in-Planned-REIT-Conversion
  9. ^ "Weyerhaeuser pays $2.6B to snag Longview Timber". Seattle Times. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  10. ^ "With Merger Closed, TRI Pointe Homes to Focus on Expansion, New Services". The Wall Street Journal. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  11. ^ "Weyerhaeuser moving to Seattle’s Pioneer Square". The Seattle Times. 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  12. ^ "Weyerhaeuser Board of Directors". Weyerhaeuser.com. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 

Further reading

  • Hidy, Ralph W; Hill, Frank Ernest; Nevins, Allan (1963). Timber and men; the Weyerhaeuser story. New York: Macmillan. 

External links

  • Weyerhaeuser (official website)
  • Weyerhaeuser 2008 SEC Form 10K (annual report)
  • Historical Annual Reports for Weyerhaeuser
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