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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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ONtOIAIg lnoo v Mason and Grays Harbor counties has grown in 80 years into a corporate giant with international operations and worldwide merchandising. From Sol G. Simpson's primitive logging show in the Mason County wilderness the com- pany has developed into a leader of the indus- try in progressive timber aanagement and so- phistieated manufaeturing methods. Headquarters for logging and manufaetur- ing operations of the Shelton Working Circle are in a colonial style building at Third and Franklin in downtown Shelton. From this are directed logging operations at Camps Grisdale and Govey, manufacturing plants at Shelton and McClea ., tree farming, forestry, fire fighting, and better methods study. A renovation and rebuilding program for the Shelton plants has been in progress since 1962 at a cost exeeeding $20,000,000. Mill 3 is an innovation in eleetronie milling where 13 men can turn out enough lumber on a shift to build two three-bedroom houses. Mill 4 is the largest automated sawmill in the United States. With Mill 3 it combines to saw logs as small as five inches in diameter and as large as five feet. Larger logs are quarter sawed. During 1970 the company invested $414,000 in improvements at its Shelton and McCleary plants. A mobile home products line was added to the Insulation Board Plant to meet a new market opportunity. A 50% increase in chip production resulted from a new facility at Shelton Veneer. Other manufacturing facilities are the in- dustry's most modern veneer plant and an in- sulating board plant in Shelton and a door plant in McCleary, just over the Grays Harbor County line. Simpson has approximately 600,000 acres under sustained yield forest management in Washington, Oregon, and California, of which 235,192 combine with II 1,108 of national forest land in the Simpson Sustained Yield Unit, totalling 346,300 acres of perpetual timber supply. Shelton Working Circle employment averaged 2,073 during 1970. Although this was slightly less than the previous year, the year's payroll of $20,587,820 topped all records. The company's payrolls since 1947 have totalled $290,147,000. Timber harvest in 1970 totalled 202,745,720 board feet, approximately 3,000,000 more than in 1969. The harvest included old growth from the national forest and second growth thinnings from Simpson tree farms. Thinning stands 35 to 60 years old accounts for 15% of the harvest total. Essential to stability of company and com- munity is a cooperative contract with the U.S. Forest Service which established the Simpson Sustained Yield Unit in 1946. This was authorized by a 1944 Act of Con- gress. It enables Simpson to harvest old growth timber on Olympic National Forest while sec- ond growth is coming along on its own refor- ested lands. Seventeen contractors employing 56 men thinned and salvaged 27,351,590 board feet last year. This added $1,026,060 to the county's economy in payrolls and equipment rentals. More than 75 families harvest greenery on 70,000 acres leased from Simpson. Other minor forest products are cedar shake boards, alder plug poles, and Cascara bark. Daily tours of Simpson Timber Company's Shelton plants are held during the summer from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays only. Tours begin at the Mill Street Gate, reached by turning east on Mill Street from First Street at the stop light. THIS HUGE band saw wheel, 11 feet in diameter, was presented to the City of Shelton by Simpson Timber Company and emplaced as a viewpoint attraction on Olympic Highway South. Cover P|dure: I In the picture on the cover of this issue, George Simmons, on the spring boards, is engaged in "jumping a spar tree" on a Simpson Timber Company operation in the Camp Grisdale area of Olympic National Forest where old growth timber is harvested. This intricate and highly skilled maneuver is necessary because the tree chosen for a spar stands on the edge of a steep slope in the wrong position with relation to the timber which will be yarded up the slope to a landing at the base of the tree. The spar must be moved away from the edge so that when the yarding engine hauls in the main line through a lead block high on the spar, the logs will land in the right place. After the tree is topped and guyed with three steel cables, two diagonal notches are cut in the butt to form a "v" just below a binding of heavy steel wire which will prevent splitting during the movement. A big log is then skidded up with one end snug against the foot of the tree, the other pointed in the direction in which the spar will be "jumped." Next a caterpillar tractor is spotted close to the end of the log and its main line choked around the butt of the spar tree. The three guys are slacked, the tractor's line is slowly tightened, and the butt of the tree is moved on to the side of the log, held in place by the notch cut by Simmons. Once the spar is firmly set, the tractor's power causes the log to skid with the result that both the log and the spar mounted upright on its back move about 40 feet to the location desired. This requires delicate slacking and tightening of the guys and precise tension on the tractor's line. When the spar arrives at its destination, it is then completely guyed, the various blocks are hung, and it is ready for business. Jumping the spar was the method chosen to solve this particular logging problem because it was cheaper than falling another tree some distance from the landing, moving it to the right spot, and raising it from the ground. The spar is between four and five feet in diameter at the base. The lead block is mounted 130 feet from the ground, some distance below the top of the spar where the guys are attached. This color photo was taken by Len Hunter, U.S.F.S., of the Shelton Ranger District of Olympic National Forest. TALL AS a 6-story building, this tank stores and blends fuel to improve combustion and reduce cinders. Simpson's concern for ecology patterns is manifested by substantial investment in anti-pollution methods in manufacturing and accelerated efforts to indoctrinate personnel with the need for protecting the environment. During the past year executives and operating managers participated in a two-day seminar to discuss environmental issues with university forestry school teachers, students, conservationists, and politicians. The company also initiated studies on the relation of manufacturing and log storage to the tidal waters of Oakland Bay at Shelton which has been the scene of log rafting since logging began on Puget Sound in 1853. Page .5-4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 / Services Commercial Printing Under the new ownership of Mike Byrne you can still depend on the friendly reliable service and quality materials that have been available at Eacrett's for the past 24 years. Stop in for help with your building and painting problems. Colored Matched Business Stationery & Envelopes Lithography Lumber Plumbing & Hardware Pittsburgh Paints Olympic Stains Building Supplies LUMBER BYRNE BUILDING CO. 1332 Olympic Hwy. S. 4264522 Sanderson Field, dedicated to Major General Lawson Sanderson, Ret., is one of the five major properties managed by the Shelton Port Commission. The 1100 acre field has two runways of 5,000 ft. each. It also offers space for light industry and commercial use. Other properties managed by the Port are the port dock and small boat moorage; a boat launch at Arcadia Point; the industrial park on John's Prairie; and Eagle Point planned for future marine oriented developments. Only 2Vz miles from Shelton, the airport is convenient for business travel, and serves the county's resort and recreation areas. Commissioners: Jim Pauley, Herb Vonhof, Oliver Ashford Angle Building - John Temple: Office Manager Social Stationery Office Supplies Typewriter Sales & Service Stationery Co. Expert Installation All Floor Coverings Counter Tops Carpeting Ceramics Formica Linoleum Quality Work Guaranteed Bob Ogden - 2136 Callanan 1 3 Years Experience, Licensed, Bonded Call anytime for free estimates, or sample showing. Phone Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-89