In 1962, Asa Johal founded Terminal Forest Products in Richmond BC, on just three and a half acres of land.
In 1973, Asa Johal purchased Burke Lumber, now known as Mainland Sawmills Limited, employing over 125 people. Ever since, Terminal Forest Products has operated a custom cut sawmill. In 1978, Johal purchased a five-acre parcel in Vancouver and built a remanufacturing plant and in 1977 and 1979, Johal purchased Transco Mills and Ash Street Remanufacturing Plant. These acquisitions became a major turning point for Terminal Forest Products.
In 1985, Johal purchased the first finger jointing machinery and installed it at the Ash Street Remanufacturing Plant and in 1986, Terminal Forest Products purchased L&K Lumber, and with that purchase came the Langdale log-sorting yard. This waste-free operation sorts approximately one million cubic meters of logs annually and offers customers ISO and PEFC chain-of-custody certification.
With the purchase of South Everson Lumber Co. Inc (SELCO) in Everson, Washington in 1990, Terminal Forest Products became an international company. SELCO’s operations include a variety of processing lines including moulders, planers, resaws, finger joints, edge glue, face glue lines, and dry kilns, and is the largest Cedar remanufacturing plant in the industry. In 1999, Terminal Forest discontinued their Fiber Supply and Sales Agreement with Canfor and implemented an in-house sales team.
2007 was a record year for Terminal Forest Products, despite the expropriation of the Ash Street property to the City of Vancouver, which was then used to build the rapid transit line from the Vancouver International Airport to downtown. During this time, Terminal Forest Products became known as the largest privately owned and operated lumber manufacturing facility on the West Coast.
In 2016, Asa Johal turned 94 years old and turned the reins over to his son, Terminal Forest’s President and CEO, Darcy Johal, continuing his commitment to family, growth, and strength.