Pukall Lumber Company is a family-owned and -operated wood products manufacturer located in Arbor Vitae. The sawmill was founded by Fred Pukall in 1937. Since that time, Pukall Lumber has grown steadily and is one of the largest pine lumber mills in the state and the premier lumber and building supply businesses in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
We saw primarily red and white pine logs into dimension lumber for the construction industry, as well as some hardwoods such as ash, maple, red oak, birch and elm. In addition to lumber, Pukall’s manufactures solid wood flooring and paneling, as well as log home packages under the "Woods of Woodruff" trade name. We also make wood sidings and moldings.
Our logs are sourced mainly from northern Wisconsin’s extensive private, state and federal forests, from woodlands that are marked for selective harvesting and timber stand improvement. This means we are able to practice complete quality control, from the selection of the logs to planing of the lumber to manufacture of specialty items.
Our sawmill turns out around 12 million board feet of lumber annually. About 30% of our lumber is sold locally through our retail operations, with the rest going to wholesale customers, mainly in the Great Lakes region but often as far afield as Texas.
On the retail side of the operations, Pukall Lumber caters mainly to the Lakeland area’s professional building contractors. The emphasis is on quality, service and finding the right product for custom jobs. Our building supply yard offers a broad range of products including windows, interior and exterior doors, garage doors, cabinetry, countertops, decorative moldings, power tools, roofing, siding, insulation, decking, exterior paints and stains, hand tools and hardware.
Pukall Lumber is one of the largest employers in the area, providing about 80 jobs between the sawmill, the two retail stores and the shipping department.