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News about TRAPA and our partners


December, 2019 -
This holiday season, TRAPA fundraised a total of $3,500 to sponsor local families in need through The Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family Program, providing gifts and a festive holiday for a total of 18 families! On top of fundraising, we had a group of volunteers who helped with the shopping, gift wrapping, and delivery. This was a very cherishing and unforgettable experience for all of us. Way to go, Team TRAPA!

November 1, 2019 -
We are excited to announce that Hampton Lumber has acquired the sawmill and timber tenure from Conifex Timber Inc. in Fort St. James, British Columbia. Hampton is planning to begin construction next year to run a new sawmill, Fort St. James Forest Products, in 2022. The Hampton team will be meeting with First Nations, local government, community stakeholders and the United Steel Workers in the coming weeks to create a successful operation for the benefit of the stakeholders and community of Fort St. James.

October 21, 2019 -
Bhupinder Jhajj has joined TRAPA as Specialty Export Sales Manager. Prior to joining TRAPA, Bhupinder started in the industry at Coast Fraser in Business Development where he specialized in softwood commodity trading, procuring new suppliers both domestically and internationally. His skill in market research and creative business development helped generate and develop new business opportunities. He later became a Lumber Trader at Canadian Wood Products and obtained experience in purchasing, selling, and exporting Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir and Hemlock in Shop & Upper Grades domestically and internationally. With his skills and knowledge, Bhupinder will bring TRAPA many opportunities and contribute to TRAPA’s continued growth. Please join us in welcoming Bhupinder to Team TRAPA!

July 22, 2019 -
Our first annual summer BBQ was held at the Nat Bailey Stadium this year and it was a great success! The weather was going up and down for the past few weeks, but it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. We also had some guests join us from Birling Wood, ICS Logistics, and Skeena Sawmills to enjoy the BBQ and the baseball game. The Vancouver Canadians won 4-3 against the Tri-City Dust Devils, congratulations to the team and to Craig for “catching” a ball to save Elsie!


June 2019 -
Hampton Lumber has entered a definitive purchase agreement with Conifex Timber Inc. for purchase of their Fort St. James sawmill and associated forest licence, which is approximately $39 million plus the market value of finished lumber and log inventory at closing. Hampton Lumber intends to build a new sawmill in Fort St. James and looks forward to building relationships with local First Nations and other community partners. Currently, Hampton Lumber operates nine sawmills located in the states of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The new sawmill would make it ten!
October 2018 -
We are pleased to announce that Bryan Ortner has become a member Team TRAPA! Prior to joining TRAPA, Bryan was the Manager of Olympic Industries’ where he started their log export and custom cut department from scratch quickly developing it into a meaningful and profitable division. Bryan will be bringing to TRAPA a host of new log suppliers and export programs as well as some custom cut opportunities, primarily in Cedar, Yellow Cedar and Hemlock. Bryan has traveled extensively in China on log business and throughout BC in search of new supply. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the business. On top of Bryan’s industry experience he is a fluent Mandarin language speaker having lived in China and Taiwan for extended periods of time.
Please join us in giving Bryan a warm welcome to our team!

September 2018 -
Griffin Augustin has joined TRAPA as Vice President of Business Development. Griffin joins TRAPA with twenty-five years of industry experience. He started his career at Kalesnikoff Lumber Company spending his first six years as a Development Forester and the following two years in Logistics and Operations. ln 2002 Kalesnikoff promoted Griffin to Sales Manager where he remained until the end of July this year. During his tenure at Kalesnikoff, Griffin handled the sawmill, reman mill sales and market development, was a key individual on the senior management team responsible for many successful capital projects, and was accountable for securing the sawmill's log supply. During the time Griffin was in charge of business development, Kalesnikoff tripled its revenue. Griffin will be a member of the senior management team at TRAPA. His initial focus will be on maintaining and growing our valued relationship with Kalesnikoff Lumber. We are extremely excited to have Griffin come on board bringing TRAPA additional lumber supply, sales opportunities, and most important of all a broad range of experience from the forest, to sawmilling, to sales, through to end use remanufacturing. Please join us in welcoming Griffin to our growing team.

November 2017 -
TRAPA Japan has moved! We inform you that we have moved and been working at new office as of November 13th (Mon).
Please send the mail to following address from now on.

Trans-Pacific Trading K.K.
Nihonbashi Kabutocho First 6F
20-6, Nihonbashi Kabutocho
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0026

Phone number and fax numbers are remain the same

October 2015
Glenn Mattice has joined TRAPA as Senior Export Lumber Sales Manager. Having worked in the industry in both domestic and export lumber sales for over almost thirty years, Glenn brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience required to expertly service the complex export markets. Glenn has worked in many facets of softwood lumber sales from domestic business into the Western U.S. markets, followed by specialty product sales and marketing primarily into California and then embarking on various export sales programs. Prior to joining TRAPA, Glenn was responsible for developing Conifex Timber Inc.’s export sales platform into the Asian markets. Please join us in welcoming Glenn to our growing team of lumber and log professionals.

September 2013 -
After operating out of the Viking Way office for thirty four years, TRAPA along with Hampton Lumber Sales (HLS) Canada moved to a brand new built-out premise in the Richmond Corporate Center on Vanier Place. With the exponential growth in TRAPA’s overall business and the start-up of HLS Canada (VP Operations – Kip Fotheringham) finding a new office that not only had enough space for today and future growth but also showcased softwood lumber in finished forms was very important. We welcome our business partners to come and visit us in the new TRAPA headquarters - #368 – 13091 Vanier Place, Richmond, BC V6V 2J1.

August 8, 2012 - marks the date which Hampton Affiliates of Portland, Oregon completes the acquisition of Trans-Pacific Trading. Mike Phillips, President of Hampton Lumber Sales writes:

We are extremely pleased to announce that Hampton Lumber Sales  (“Hampton”) of Portland, Oregon, has acquired Trans-Pacific Trading, Ltd. (“TRAPA”) of Vancouver, B.C. and formed a joint operation focused on expanding Hampton’s export sales activities.  Over the last three years, TRAPA has evolved into one of Hampton’s most important trading partners, helping Hampton establish a marketing presence in other global regions.

TRAPA was first opened in 1954 and Jim Tyrer, the current President, a third generation family member and grandson of the TRAPA founder, will remain President of TRAPA.  TRAPA specializes in selling a variety of building products to more than 20 countries, but primarily to Japan and China.  In addition to Jim, Trent Gustafson, a 20-year sales veteran and TRAPA’s Vice President of Sales, along with the entire TRAPA sales and administrative team will combine with the Hampton export team, led by Steve Kimery, to form the premier export lumber sales operation in North America.  The combined team will be responsible for marketing all of Hampton’s export products making Trans-Pacific Trading the “global brand” for our offshore activities.

We look forward to the future and expanding our offshore business opportunities with you as Trans-Pacific Trading.



"Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Engelmann Spruce, they can market them all, anywhere in the world. I enjoy working with a company like TRAPA that is relatively small but has expertise in so many different products and species."

Rob Marusic,
Sales Manager, Downie Timber Ltd.

Given their long history of selling lumber products overseas and our long history of working together it was only natural that we would entrust TRAPA with the responsibility of marketing our own Hemlock production. TRAPA provides S&R with real global exposure; it is not uncommon to find production from a single cut being shipped into ten different markets around the world."

D.G. (Chick) Stewart,
President, S&R Sawmills Ltd.


"I feel confident having TRAPA market my lumber products into Japan due to their honest, knowledgable, hard working people at TRAPA."

Boucher Bros. Sawmill