Silver Ridge: 0050.0010


            Four partners built a small sawmill in the 600 block 7th Avenue in 1951 when this location was still bush and two blocks beyond the city limits.

            The men – Vince Downey, Steve Shypitka, Joe Downey and Bill Griffiths – decided to name their operation “Selkirk Sawmills”, but soon found that this name was being used by another firm, so renamed theirs “Silver Ridge Sawmills”.

            Today, however, the Selkirk subdivision (which occupies the land that the original mill did) is a trace of the firm’s first name.

            In 1962, Silver Ridge Sawmills moved to its present location on Innes Avenue.  This new mill was planned with expansion in mind, according to President Vince Downey.

            The most recent addition, a gang saw, allows Silver Ridge to saw 40,000 board feet of logs per day.  A second unique feature of the mill is a carriage that will handle logs up to 30 feet in length.

            The 15-man mill is presently operated by Mr. Vince Downey and Mr. Shypitka, the two remaining partners.

0050.0010: Silver Ridge

Newspaper article mill originally on site considered outside city limits but is now inside limits moved to new location with expansion in mind.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  December 15, 1965
Pages:  3
Publisher:  Cranbrook Courier
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


sawmill expansion city limits subdivision gangsaw


People arrow Downeyarrow
People arrow Griffithsarrow
Industry arrow Lumbering arrow Companies and Mills arrow Silver Ridge Sawmills Ltd.arrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Development arrow Selkirk Subdivisionarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Street Names arrow 7th Avenue Sarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Street Names arrow Innes Avenuearrow
People arrow Shypitkaarrow


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