After spending 27 years managing a related family hardwood company (West Coast Hardwood and Vancouver Sawmills) where he forged deep relationships with log providers and industry professionals, Robert (Bob) and Sylvia Carl incorporated CarlWood Lumber Limited in 1984.
Their goal was to create a business based on its reputation and ability to deliver high-quality hardwood and softwood lumber to its customers, with dependable delivery schedules and competitive pricing.
This photograph from approximately 1955 shows a young Bob Carl (dark shirt, approximately 20 years old) with his Uncle Robert MacGregor (far right) , Marie Carl (Mother), Evan Carl (Father), Anson Carl (Grandfather, standing in front), John Carl (Brother), Carol and Rob MacGregor (Cousins) and Susan Carl (Sister) at West Coast Hardwoods Fort Langley sawmill. West Coast Hardwoods was owned by Robert MacGregor from the mid 40’s till mid 1980’s.
Today, Bob has over 65 years of lumber business experience and serves as the patriarch of CarlWood.
From its beginnings as a small distribution warehouse in North Vancouver, Bob Carl, with colleagues Chris Pistilli and Randy Bishop, grew CarlWood into being one of the most reliable hardwood manufacturers in our home province of British Columbia.
The goals for CarlWood remain the same today as they were during its founding: to offer the most dependable service and delivery; to supply quality hardwood and softwood products; to uphold our reputation as a sustainable business, run with integrity for its customers and employees; and to be a responsible steward and practitioner of this amazing natural resource.
Doug Carl, serves today as the President of the company. Committed to strong principles of excellence for his customers, Doug has been with his father’s company since 2004. Prior to joining CarlWood, he worked for two decades for a cedar remanufacturer and as a softwood export lumber trader.
Cathy Carl, as Office Manager, has been instrumental in moving the company forward since 2007. She brings a wealth of knowledge to CarlWood having worked for small businesses since the 1990s.