|The O'Neill Pine Company
is a small, family-owned timber company founded January 1, 1996.
Company roots, however, trace back to October 10, 1946, when the
family patriarch, Robert "Harold" O'Neill joined
Allen Hemphill as co-partner in Hemphill Lumber Company.
The new company became Hemphill-O'Neill. Harold O'Neill was an
engineer by training with a passion for entrepreneurial activity
that led him to own and operate a number of businesses throughout
his lifetime. It was at age 57, in Hemphill-O'Neill, that he
was able to build and leave a legacy to his descendants that they,
too, could enjoy the passion of entrepreneurial efforts through the
ownership and management of timberlands.
In 1950 Harold's son, Robert Hugh
O'Neill, joined the company after graduating from Willamette
University. The company expanded through the acquisition of
Holman Lumber in 1962 and the purchase of the existing industrial
site from the Owens family in 1976. The Professional Center
was built in 1977, and in June of that same year Robert's children,
Debra and Bob O'Neill Jr., went to work for
In 1981, the beloved patriarch and
passionate entrepreneur, Robert "Harold" O'Neill, passed
away at age 90.
The company continued to thrive
under the leadership of Robert Hugh O'Neill. In 1985,
stockholders seized the opportunity to buy out the Hemphill family.
Debra O'Neill was elected to the Board of Directors in 1986.
Debra's husband, Richard, was elected to the board in 1991.
In 1992, discussions were initiated on a corporate split-off that
would allow Debra and her brother, Bob O'Neill Jr., the opportunity
to continue their own individual companies, following the legacy
created by their grandfather.
O'Neill Pine Company was created as
a corporate split-off under a divisive D reorganization. On
April 30, 1996, OPC recorded their first logging revenues. On
January 1, 1998, a management agreement was reached with FPS, Inc.,
another family business, to help with OPC timberlands and manage
real estate investments.
Today the O'Neill Pine Company
continues the successful heritage of one person with a dream to own
their own business. Currently, planning is underway for the
opportunity to carry the company forward with the next generation
through Debra and Richard Pine's children, Kylie and Kerry.