Traeger is a household name in the wood pellet barbeque world and most know the success story that began in Mt. Angel, Oregon. Founded in 1987, the company was sold in 2007.
In 2010 began the next chapter in the rich history of this family when Tyson Traeger, founded Wood Pellet Products, the makers of Timber Stoves, a gravity-fed pellet patio heater taking that market by storm. Also founded in Mt. Angel, Tyson, and his wife Karen operated their business in the historic “Old Wilco Building” which burned to the ground in 2021 with all of Timber Stoves inventory inside. Within 4 months, Timber Stoves had found a building, replaced the equipment, and was back in full production mode.
A former football coach in Mt. Angel, Tyson Traeger is proud that a number of his current employees were players he coached at Kennedy High School. “They are great young men and we wouldn’t be where we are without them”, he said.
The Traeger’s, and their dedicated workforce, operate now out of a former cabinetry shop in northern Marion County where space is tight. “We operate very efficiently but the size of our space certainly limits what we can produce,” Tyson said. “Karen and I have known for some time that we ultimately need a larger building for us to facilitate our growth”.
Having looked at existing buildings for some time, Tyson came across a 2.5-acre industrial site between Woodburn and Mt. Angel and reached out to SVN Commercial Advisors, who had the listing. “This site worked for us for so many reasons” Traeger stated. SVN advisors Curt Arthur and Nick Williams introduced the Traeger’s to contractors and lenders to help get them educated on what construction pricing and financing would look like in today’s economic climate.
In September of this year, they closed on the land and are looking forward to building between 20,000 – 30,000 sq. ft. in 2024. Expanded manufacturing space allows Wood Pellet Products to sell both retail and wholesale to satisfy the growing demand for Timber Stoves. “We really appreciate the time and effort Nick and Curt put in helping us and all the people they have introduced us to. This move is going to be huge for our company”.
“Tyson and Karen made a great buy on this land”, Arthur mentioned. “The vacancy rate in the Mt. Angel/Silverton/Woodburn market is under 2% so finding buildings, or land to build them on, is tough. We could not be happier for Tyson and Karen and cannot wait for the next chapter in the life of Timber Stoves”.