DEER LODGE, Mont. – Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen visited the Sun Mountain Lumber, Inc. company in Deer Lodge on Wednesday in her continued tour of businesses across Montana.
Sun Mountain Lumber, Inc. is a family-owned forest products company created in 2004 by owners Sherm and Bonnie Anderson.
“Companies like Sun Mountain Lumber are the businesses Montanans can be proud of,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “The operation is a true family company, beginning with Sherm and Bonnie, while their children and even grandchildren play pivotal roles in Sun Mountain’s success.”
Sun Mountain Lumber, Inc. oversees a solid stud mill and a finger joint plant, offering stud and finger-jointed products across the country. The largest private employer in the Deer Lodge Valley, Sun Mountain Lumber, Inc. has been essential to the local economy, while donating materials, labor, and monetary contributions throughout the community.
Sherm Anderson has also owned and operated Sun Mountain Logging, LLC since 1976, and has more than 50 years of experience in the timber industry. A former president of The American Loggers Council, Anderson has been honored with various awards during his career, including the 2019 Headwater RC&D Small Business of the Year.
He also served in the 58th Montana State Legislature, representing Senate District 28.
Sun Mountain offers full-service timber harvesting, utilizing materials from the likes of Douglas Fir and Lodgepole Pine. The company takes a responsible approach to log harvesting, focusing on future growth and germination, while also using damaged trees, such as those affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation, to continue lumber production for years to come.
“Sun Mountain Lumber is finding effective and responsible ways to develop Montana’s natural resources. I support their efforts to develop damaged trees, from the pine beetle infestation to dead trees from forest fires, and appreciate their sensible approach to timber harvesting,” said Secretary Jacobsen.