Our History

It all began in the 1890's, when our founder, R.D. Merrill, began his first timber operation. His respect for people and place was striking. As a matter of principle he offered accommodations and working conditions that were far superior to those of any other employer at the time. This heightened level of respect for his employees engendered loyalty and trust. Additionally, R.D. Merrill initiated innovative forestry practices long before timber businesses were required to do so, creating a sustainable source of business growth as a result.

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Charlie Wright, Company Chairman
4th Generation Merrill Family Member

R.D. Merrill's clarity of vision and business acumen transferred naturally to the next generations of Merrill descendants, who diversified their business interests. Today, company chairman Charlie Wright, a fourth generation Merrill family member, continues the legacy set by his great grandfather. From the company's pioneering beginnings in the timber industry, to the remarkable success of Pillar Properties and sister company Merrill Gardens, the R.D. Merrill Company remains a strong, family-owned enterprise with a deep commitment to the Pacific Northwest.


Richard Dwight (R.D.) Merrill, Founder


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