Curt Garland has been working in the forest industry throughout our region since he was 15 years old at Eagle Lake Sawmill in Giscome.
A hard-working young man with an entrepreneur spirit he had a number of businesses in the early years. He started his first business, Eastern Transport, at the age of 18 in 1955, after trading in his car on a 1955 Ford F750. He hauled general freight on Highway 16 east from Prince George to Sinclair Mills.
Other businesses he formed or bought over the years were Garland Contracting; C & R Contracting; Mackenzie Redi-Mix, Tackama Forest Products; Lomak of course; and the most recent purchase in 2004 was Hester Creek Winery in Oliver.
In the spring of 1977 Curt bought a trucking company called Lomack. A lowbed operation with four trucks, the trailers and a great licence (an H-plate). Curt renamed the company Lomak and this was the true birth of what we are today.
Lomak was first located on George Street and then in 1980, bought land and built their head office on Pacific Street where it still is today.
In 1982 Lomak bought 9 trucks and 8 chip trailers to work with Plateau Mill in Vanderhoof, hauling their wood chips to Prince George. The start of a core service we offer to this day
As Lomak operations continued to grow, so did our footprint throughout the Cariboo and the North. We had a terminal in Terrace with up to 42 trucks hauling lumber from Terrace, Kitwanga, Skeena and Hazelton as well as chips out of Hazelton, Smithers, Kitwanga and Terrace. Hauling concentrate from Gibraltar Mine outside of Williams Lake, hauling for Quinsam Coal in Campbell River, hauling ore near Whitehorse from Faro to Skagway, hauling chips for Canfor in Prince George, hauling mining products for Kemess Mine in Omineca mountains, more mining in Tumbler Ridge, Chip hauling in Grande Prairie, plus a number of other projects on the go.
Throughout these years it wasn’t all work for Curt as his love for planes saw him get his pilots licence in 1971. A passion that continues to this day. Curt also ventured into some other businesses along the way including purchasing a tree farm in Uruguay to grow eucalyptus and one of his most recent ventures, purchasing Hester Creek Estate Winery in 2004. Today you will continue to see our Lomak team sharing our roads and highways with log hauling and chip residual hauling primarily around Prince George. Our Lomak journey is filled with history and experience. We’ve seen our northern communities grow, change, adapt, struggle and persevere. A history we are extremely proud of and glad we can continue to play our part in.