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The modest cost of living and unmatched quality of life attracts a variety of businesses, which make the Colville area their headquarters. The lumber industry is a natural partner, which is why Vaagen Bros. Lumber, Inc. celebrates more than 50 years of providing employment opportunities in their mill and in private contract timber harvesting.


Vaagen Bros. Lumber, Colville’s very own local saw mill, is a third generation family-owned entity that began in 1952. Today, Vaagen Bros. leads the timber industry in maximizing the use of every tree that is harvested and in producing the highest value by-products from the harvested trees. The company is also the leading timber industry in working with environmental organizations and the local communities to find workable solutions to natural resource management problems.

Stimson Lumber Co. is a privately held natural resource and forest product company and is one of the oldest, continuously operating companies of its type in the country. Stimson Lumber Co. owns and manages more than 500,000 acres of forest land in the western United States. The Arden facility provides jobs for approximately 200 people in the surrounding Colville area in a safe, environmentally friendly atmosphere.

Boise Cascade’s dedicated workforce over the years makes it a mighty voice in today’s business and environmental circles. Its Washington region holdings employ 800 workers in two plywood plants, two small log mills, two large log mills and a cadre of forestry, logging and administrative personnel.

Colville’s recreational nature makes it a good fit for companies associated with the outdoors.

That’s why Hewes Marine Company, a family-owned manufacturer of Hewescraft aluminum boats, has operated here for 54 years.


Other industries also are eager to participate in our growth. Hearth and Home Technologies (a division of Hon Industries) occupies a 125,000-square-foot facility on 17 acres.

Colmac Coil Manufacturing continues to increase business with new international contracts in the heat transfer product market from this base.

“Colville was the right choice for Washington Dental Service to open its second customer service call center,” says Craig Gowdy, Vice President of Information Technology and Facilities for Washington Dental Service. It’s the largest dental benefits company in the state, serving more than 1.5 million people. “Colville business development officials anticipated the issues a business would be concerned about and addressed them before we asked. Colville has the workforce and telecommunications infrastructure to support our business.”

Tri-County Economic Development District (TEDD) facilitated WA Dental establishing in Colville. Their Business Incubator program has been instrumental in bringing many new businesses to our area.

Agribusiness also plays a large role in Stevens County, with family farms raising cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, dairy, wheat and alfalfa. A mobile poultry processing unit allows chickens to go right from the farm to the table. A large Farmers Market is held each Saturday and Wednesday in Colville.

Colville leans heavily on the state’s work training programs to give both its employees and employers a leg up on the competition. We also tap into Washington’s Work Source, a one-stop source that matches skilled workers to companies needing specific qualifications.

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