Built on Tradition

Idaho Forest Group is a growing company, operating 6 sawmills and a finger-joint facility located in North Idaho and Montana, that values employees and holds a reputation for high quality products.

From its Coeur d’Alene, Idaho headquarters Idaho Forest Group, the closely held, family-owned company is now one of America’s largest lumber producers, with capacity for over one billion board feet per year and markets around the globe. The company holds high standards when it comes to product, process and company objectives. It is a healthy, growing company big enough for its national and international markets, but with hometown ethics and pride in a job well done. Excellence is the goal in caring for their team members, customers, and natural resources.

IFG Mission: To enhance the lives and livelihoods of our employees, customers, and partners and the communities in which we operate by providing the earth’s best renewable building products

Idaho Forest Group’s success has grown from humble beginnings. In 1934, Guy Bennett began his lumber career in the charcoal briquette division of Potlatch Mill. With his sons Dick and Frank, and daughter Janice, he built a significant presence. Dick would leave to form Bennett Forest Industries. The Brinkmeyer family has a farming and timber heritage of their own, beginning in the Old World and culminating in Riley Creek Lumber. In 2008, these two industry powerhouses merged to become Idaho Forest Group. The company continues to expand in facilities and market share, and is now one of America’s top producers of wood products.

IFG supports charitable organizations throughout Idaho and Montana that enhance the rural communities where their employees live and raise their families. They believe in the unlimited potential of passionate people working together to solve problems, to lift up neighbors in need, and provide opportunities for cultural and educational experiences that make our communities stronger.

They provide financial and in-kind support to projects that:

  • Support youth and adult education
  • Promote arts and humanities
  • Provide essential human services to those in crisis

Their work and continued success rely on a resilient natural environment and thus they also contribute to efforts aimed at forest restoration, public education, supporting public policy around sustainability, and for setting aside land for preservation purposes.

We thank Idaho Forest Group for being a sponsor of the 2019 Coeur d’Alene Mini Maker Faire!