Read of the Day: Seneca Sawmill ownership shifts within Jones family

Seneca Sawmill ownership shifts within Jones family

Portland Business Journal by Erik Siemers , Business Journal staff writer

Aaron Jones, who founded the Seneca Sawmill Co. in Eugene in 1953, has now handed control of the company to his three daughters. 

Aaron Jones, who founded the Seneca Sawmill Co. in Eugene in 1953, has now handed control of the company to his three daughters.

The Seneca Family of Companies founder has shifted control of the company to his three daughters in a transition more than 30 years in the making.

Aaron Jones, who founded the Seneca Sawmill Co. in 1953, has handed control of the company to his daughters Becky, Jody and Kathy — all of whom have worked throughout the company over the past 25 years. The sisters will work alongside CEORick Re, who continues to run the company’s day-to-day operations.

Eugene-based Seneca — with companies that include Seneca Sawmill Co., Seneca Jones Timber Co., Seneca Sustainable Energy and Senca Noti — employs more than 375 and manages more than 165,000 acres of Oregon forestland. The company produces 485 million board feet of lumber annually.

“Our father built one of the strongest and technologically-advanced sawmill and timber companies in the U.S., and we are honored to continue his legacy,” Jody Jones said in a news release. “He had the strategic foresight to bring all of us into the company many years ago for today’s seamless transition.”

According to a news release, Aaron Jones began preparing his daughters to take over back in the 1980s. An active University of Oregon alumni, he hired professors from the university’s Lundquist School of Business to teach them Seneca’s business processes and management.

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