History

 

Old pictures of the mill

 

Comox Valley Shake & Shingle was founded in 1968 by Isedor Schmidt in the town of Comox B.C. It operated in the Comox Valley for a few years before moving to our present location in beautiful Campbell River. CVS was the first to operate a shingle machine on the northern part of Vancouver Island

 

An old 205 timberjack skidder loading blocks to be taken out of the bush

Isedor and his youngest son Larry cutting blocks in the Sayward Forest District

 

In the early years the company salvaged red cedar blocks from the Sayward Forest District.  The northern half of Vancouver Island had been devastated by a wild fire in the early 1900s that left only the giant cedar trees standing but in a feeble state. To this day there are still a few salvage contractors taking cedar blocks out of the forest district. Blocks were cut in the bush and then trucked to the mill in Campbell River to be sawn into shakes and shingles.

 
Cutting blocks at Pie Lake in the Sayward Forest District

Cutting blocks at Pie Lake in the Sayward Forest District

 

In the late 70’s the mill expanded and began buying logs from various logging companies: Macmillian Bloedel,  Canfor, and Elk River Timber, to name a few. Most of these companies have since changed hands and now most of our log supply comes from Western Forest Products and Island Timberlands. Both companies are environmentally certified from various auditors.

 

Isedor Schmidt and his dog Duke explaining the old shake machine

Rick sharpening saws

After almost 50 years our company is still run by the Schmidt family. Isedor's son, Rick, is now the owner and operator.  One thing that has never changed over time is our commitment to buying the best raw material in order to make the very best shingle and shake product possible. We are also fortunate to have the most productive and quality conscious employees in the business.