A Legacy is Born
After several relocations within the Castlegar area, the brothers eventually established their operation in Thrums, where the Kalesnikoff sawmill stands today.
The brothers saw their business in Canada as a legacy for generations of Kalesnikoffs, and they built their company with that in mind. At just 14 years old, Peter’s son, Pete Jr., joined their workforce and became a driving force to expand and improve the business in the years that followed. He became the head sawyer at 18 and company bookkeeper at 20. Devoting his life to building Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd., he helped guide it from a bush mill cutting just 3,000 FBM per day to one of the cleanest well run specialty mills in B.C. today, producing 300,000 or more FBM per day.