F.H. Stoltze came west along with the Great Northern Railroad, arriving in the Flathead Valley in the late 1880’s. In 1912, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company was established. Sawmill production began in May 1923 at the current Halfmoon site and has been in almost continuous operation since that time.
Today, Stoltze continues with its long-term business plan by slowly expanding our 39,367 acre tree farm, investing in improvements to our manufacturing facilities and expanding into renewable energy generation. Stoltze is one of the few remaining “fully integrated forest products companies” left in the northwest, meaning we own and manage timberland and also operate a sawmilling facility. This connection to the forest land base reinforces the concept of Healthy Forests, Healthy Families and Healthy Communities which we hold as a major element of our recipe for success.
We plan to be in business in the Flathead County for the long term, utilizing the renewable forest resources from Federal, State and Private lands. The forest industry serves as the resource management tool of professional forest managers. This effort maintains a healthy forest environment and provides output for a better human environment- food, fiber, shelter, jobs, tax base, community service and recreation opportunities as well as products.
Payroll (gross-including benefits) $10,946,833
Supplies and Services $ 7,640,150
Property Taxes $ 467,792
Contract Logging/Rd. Construction
Trucking $ 9,412,496
Private Log Purchases $ 9,925,397
Total Spending $ 38,392,668
Spending Per Employee (244) $ 157,347
Health Care Spending $ 2,053,179
Individuals Covered by Health Care Program 310
Lumber Production (million board feet) 70 MM
Method Shipment Rail 11% Truck 89%
Source of Logs 2018 Historical Ave.
USFS 46% 50%
BIA 00% 2%
Mt. State 19% 2%
Private 35% 46%
Primary Products - Dry Planed Lumber
Residues - Chips, Sawdust, Bark, Shavings, Hog Fuel