Ross Gorman’s legacy remembered by the BC Interior forest industry
October 18th, 2014 – It was with a heavy heart that leaders of the BC Interior forest industry learned of the passing of Ross Gorman on Friday, October 18.
“Ross was committed to the company he and his brother built from the day they fired up their first sawmill to the very end, visiting the mill in West Kelowna almost every day for the past 60 years,” said James Gorman, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries (no relation to Ross Gorman). “Ross, along with his brother John, was a pioneer in the industry whose legacy will be one of community, loyalty and value.”
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. has specialized in creating added value from BC’s naturally-abundant resources since it was founded by Ross and his brother John in 1953. But the Gorman reputation extends far beyond the manufacturing of boards from timber. It is one built on a strong work-ethic, customer and employee loyalty, and the company’s and family’s endless contributions to their community.
“All of us working in forestry in BC today owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Gorman and the whole Gorman family for the role they played and continue to play in establishing the world-leading industry we have today. The strong values and culture of Gorman Bros. are well known across our industry,” said COFI Board Chair Ted Seraphim.
Gorman Bros. employs over 300 people at its West Kelowna mill, with over 1,000 employees in total at its Southern Interior operations.
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