Spotlight: Surrey Cedar

Posted by Rumin Mann
August 6th, 2013

Surrey Cedar opened its doors in 1979 as a cedar hip and ridge cap remanufacturer. By expanding into different cedar product lines and exceeding buyers’ expectations, the company saw steady growth over its first two decades. That all changed in 2003. A young, ambitious entrepreneur saw huge opportunity in the humble family business and set aside other career aspirations to take on the challenge of growing a small mill into a major cedar distributor. In the 10 years since Sam Bath took over the company, Surrey Cedar has experienced extraordinary growth and expansion throughout the world. As a testament to his leadership, they currently source lumberyards on every continent – other than Antarctica.

“Business isn’t about making a quick buck,” says Sam, as he stops to look out his office window at the busy mill, “it’s about believing whole-heartedly in what you’re doing. When people buy Western Red Cedar, they’re not looking for just any lumber – they want the best. Knowing that you produce something that is appreciated and admired all over the world is awesome. Here in BC, we have the best trees in the world, and I’m a small part in making sure the rest of the world enjoys this beautiful wood as much as we do.”

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