J.W. Millar opens blacksmith shop in North Battleford, Saskatchewan



J.W. expands into logging and sawmilling in Whitecourt, Alberta

history 1950s – 1960s

1950s – 1960s

J.W.’s sons grow lumber, construction and chemicals businesses



J.W.’s grandsons expand into pulp sector



Millar Western is a leader in sustainable forest management and innovative lumber, pulp and energy technologies

About Millar Western

Millar Western is a privately held Alberta-based forest products company that has been in business for more than a century. We apply that experience in developing renewable resources safely and responsibly, while holding to our core values of safety, integrity, honesty, trust and respect.

Founded by J.W. Millar in the early 1900s, Millar Western established its forestry operations in Alberta in the 1920s. The company was owned and operated by the Millar family for over a century. In 2017, Atlas Holdings acquired a majority position in the company, with the Millar family maintaining 20% ownership.

We are headquartered in Edmonton and produce pulp and lumber at manufacturing facilities in Whitecourt and Fox Creek and value-added specialty wood products at a facility in Acheson, Alberta. We employ more than  700 employees full-time, and hundreds more on a contract basis, in forest management and mill operations.  Our people enjoy stable and rewarding careers in a safe and respectful work environment.

We source all our timber from sustainably managed forests in Alberta, in close proximity to our mills. To ensure renewal of healthy, diverse forests, we plant two to three seedlings for every coniferous tree we cut and reforest deciduous trees through natural regeneration. In addition to complying with stringent laws governing forest management, we are certified to the SFI sustainable forest management standard and the PEFC and FSC chain-of-custody standards.

At our manufacturing facilities, we employ advanced environmental controls to minimize our footprint. Committed to continuous improvement, we have implemented innovative projects to reduce water intake, cut energy consumption and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Our new bioenergy project will soon convert organics in our pulp mill effluent into green energy, to further improve our performance.

Our roots lie in our communities, and our investments are local — but our reach is global. Millar Western lumber is destined for North American and Asian markets, while our pulp is shipped to papermakers around the world, primarily in Asia and Europe. With access to modern and efficient transportation systems, we offer reliable and cost-effective product delivery to customers.

Collaborative, progressive and responsible – we are a resourceful company. We are Millar Western.

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