Noti Dimension Mill

Aerial View of Seneca Noti Sawmill

We are proud to welcome our Noti facility as the newest member to Seneca’s family.  Seneca acquired the Sawmill in late September of 2011 (from the Swanson Group who acquired the facility in the early 1970’s); along with approximately 90 new employees to add to the Seneca family. Since September our Sawmill has undergone a rebirth, improving and upgrading existing machinery, while incorporating innovative employee ideas to increase production and enhance product quality.  Our customers attest to the rapid product metamorphosis.  Through the results of these improvements and the efforts of our employees we have increased annual production capacity to 220 MMBF.

At Seneca Noti, our product line consists of green dimension lumber, generally 2×4’s, 2×6’s and 2×10’s in lengths of 8 to 24 feet.  We also offer a 1” mill run product.  One of the unique items that our Noti facility brings to Seneca’s product line is the ability to produce railroad ties.  We encourage our customers to view our description of current products.

The Sawmill at Noti comes to us with a rich local history.  In 1912, the town of Noti was originally platted as Portola.  By 1921, George Forcia and Thorval Larsen purchased nearby timberlands containing 43 million board feet, allowing construction of a community framework, including:

  • Planing mill at the current Seneca Noti Sawmill location
  • Dam for log storage, resulting in the Forcia & Larsen Reservoir
  • Star Camp Sawmill located on the east edge of the reservoir, near milepost 40 on Highway 126
  • Star Camp, an early Lane County logging camp, provided homes for both timber and mill employees and their families
  • Construction of a log flume allowed cut lumber to be transported to the planing mill
  • The railroad served to ship lumber out to customers

The Seneca Family of Companies is proud to carry on the sawmill tradition in a locale where timber is a vitally important community ingredient since the early 1920’s.

Early Noti Mill Workers

Photo courtesy of Betty Jean Forcia Herbert, George Forcia’s niece.