A Leader in the Industry

At Viking Forest Products, we do what we say we will do. Honesty, integrity and accountability are traits that differentiate Viking Traders from our competition. Relying on solid Midwestern values, we work hard and take pride in being dependable.

We help your business produce better margins by supplementing the commodity with knowledge. We hire good, down to earth people – and give them the training and tools they need to help their customers succeed.

Viking buys from mills throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico and sells by the truck and railcar to lumber yards, distribution centers, home centers, industrial users and manufacturers.


Viking has been in business for over 100 years and employs 41 Traders – 12 with 20+ years of experience.


Viking is the No. 1 company in the $3.7 billion Forest City Trading Group


With 5 full-time traffic employees, Viking annually moves forest products on more than 30,000 units of railcar, flatbed, van, and intermodal.


Viking Gross Sales totaled $575 million in Fiscal 2018.

About us

Founded in 1910, Viking Forest Products is one of North America’s largest wholesale distributors of wood panel and lumber products. We sell by the truck and railcar to lumber yards, distribution centers, home centers, industrial users and manufacturers. We have 10 unique departments with Gross Sales eclipsing $575 million dollars in 2018. Our product diversity and effective internal communication promote trader knowledge to better service our customers.

“We Do What We Say We Are Going To Do”

Bruce Johnson, President

I am blessed to be in my 40th year in the lumber business, with 28 of them as an employee of Viking Forest Products and 23 as President. Viking is a company of incredible people, who are committed to their jobs and, maybe more importantly,? to one another as effectively a family.? I like to describe Viking as a company of heart. That is, people who very much care about one another, inside and outside the office. This caring extends to our suppliers and customers as well. Viking employees care that our customers and suppliers are treated the way they expect to be treated.

Be a Part of our Team!!

Viking is looking for energetic, creative and enthusiastic associates to join our team. We have positions available in Administration and on the trading floor. Please reach out to Jack Emmer and Bonnie Larson at 800-733-3801.