Paul Henzel Lumber Ltd. provides lumber
and custom crating (certified for worldwide
shipment) for industrial and commercial customers in Manitoba and northwestern
Ontario, as well as custom re-manufacturing for lumber brokers and wholesalers making shipments
to the United States, Mexico and Asia.
How it all began
Company founder Paul Henzel got his start
in the lumber industry in the 1960s, hauling rough lumber from across
the province to Winnipeg, where it was planed and sold to small, local
By the end of the decade, with business
booming, Paul rented land and bought a planer. He continued to grow
and diversify the company, stocking lumber to sell to the public, contractors
and industrial customers, building pallets for industrial clients, and
becoming a certified lumber grader.
In 1968, the company moved to a larger
lot, which Paul eventually purchased and where the company is still
The 1970s brought further opportunity,
and Paul was joined by his oldest son, Bob, in 1970, and his youngest
son, Jerry, and son-in-law, Stuart Vernon, in 1977.
In 1979, Paul Henzel Lumber underwent
a major expansion, which included the addition of a manufacturing plant.
The business also began to shift focus, concentrating more on sales
to industrial customers and custom re-manufacturing.
When Paul retired in 1984, Stuart (now
President & CEO) and Jerry (now Treasurer & Operations Manager)
took the reigns of the company.
Under Stuart’s and Jerry’s leadership,
Paul Henzel Lumber evolved into the company it is today, providing lumber,
custom crating and custom re-manufacturing services for industrial,
commercial and wholesale clients.