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The Vanport Story
Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 6:00pm

This is the second talk in our series,
"Success Stories in Doing Business with Japan."

March 4th (Thursday) at 6:00, Native American Center
“The Vanport Story”
By Adolf Hertrich

Vanport started in 1967 by exporting logs from the Mt. Hood area to Japan. After exporting of unprocessed logs was prohibited, Vanport decided to produce and export finished lumber for the traditional Japanese housing market. Vanport overcame the phantom trade barriers and in 1988 was the first lumber company outside Japan to become certified by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to grade and sell lumber. About 10 years ago logs from the Mt. Hood area were no longer available and Vanport had to source lumber for Japan from Canada, Europe and Siberia.