In 1917, Walter Wilber built a sawmill to produce lumber for shipment to the United Kingdom in support of the World War 1 effort. In 1939 he established a stationary sawmill in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. Walter’s only son, J.B. began working for his father at a young age, and eventually purchased his father’s sawmill in 1950 and incorporated Elmsdale Lumber Company (ELCO). J.B.’s son Robin, then purchased the company from his father in 1985. Robin Wilber still runs the mill today with his son Mark, who is poised to take over the helm in the future.
Four generations of families have employed hundreds of people in Elmsdale, allowing them to live and work in their own community. ELCO is committed to reinvesting in our natural resources and its people.