About Shamco Lumber

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Co-owner Jon Richter grew up in the timber and logging industry. His father marked timber, traveled to veneer mills, and worked with loggers to procure the high-quality logs needed for veneer.

When Jon moved to Iron River, Michigan, in 1996, he joined his dad and worked in the sawmill throughout high school. He then joined the National Guard as a heavy equipment operator and graduated top of his class. 

Jon and his father started their sawmill in Iron River in 2003, but Jon's father sadly passed away the following year. Consequently, Jon took over and ran the business by himself. He upgraded and modernized it in 2014 to make it into everything he and his father had dreamed of—and more.


During the summer of 2018, Jon approached Shamco, Inc. and partnered to form Shamco Lumber.  Jon’s extensive knowledge of the lumber business, along with Shamco’s business expertise, has allowed Jon to take his mill to the next level. With a new name and new ownership, Shamco Lumber is poised for continued success and growth in the years to come. 

Shamco Lumber staff now enjoy a synergistic flow between the three Shamco companies:

Shamco Lumber initiated a large expansion in late 2021, which tripled our output and increased our yield.  With the increase in capacity, many more local loggers were able to process and sell their wood products. The Shamco Lumber crew can also cut hard maple year-round. This has resulted in a significant increase both in quantity and quality of product outcomes. 

We can now offer our clients an even wider variety of lumber products and services. So, whatever your lumber needs may be, Shamco Lumber is here to help! Give us a call or visit our website today to learn more.

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Our Values

At Shamco Lumber, we invest in long-term relationships with customers. That means that we don’t chase big one-time sales, we understand how the timber market works, and we know how to help businesses weather the storm of volatile price changes.

Both in theory and in practice, we:

  • Focus on quality and safety
  • Ensure our employees are well taken care of
  • Deliver on our promises on time and to our customers’ specifications 

It’s our job to help you succeed. From the moment you purchase lumber from us, we provide support to ensure that your project goes off without a hitch.

We’re always available to answer questions and offer advice. And if you ever need anything, just call us – we’re happy to help. 

You can count on Shamco Lumber to be your partner in success. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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