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Type Public
Traded as NYSERYN
Industry Logging
Founded 1926
Headquarters Riverplace Tower
1301 Riverplace Blvd
Jacksonville, Florida
Key people Paul G. Boynton - Chairman, President and CEO
Hans E. Vanden Noort - Chief Financial Officer
Products Land management, timber & performance fibers
Revenue Increase$1.6 billion USD (2012)
Net income Increase$279 million USD (2012)
Employees 1,900 (1,700 US)
Website Rayonier.com
References: [1]

Rayonier, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is the seventh largest private land owner in the United States with over 2,200,000 acres (8,900 km2). In addition to its U.S. holdings, Rayonier also owns 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) of land in New Zealand.[2]


Rayonier was founded in 1926 as the Rainier Pulp and Paper Company with an office in San Francisco, California. Its first mill opened the next year in Shelton, Washington,and Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. The mill used Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) trees to create a premium bleached paper pulp. In 1931, Rainier Pulp and Paper began working with the Du Pont chemical company to produce hemlock pulp for the manufacture of rayon. Two additional pulp mills were constructed and began operation in the state of Washington.

Rainier Pulp and Paper changed its name to Rayonier, a portmanteau of the words, "rayon" and "Rainier", in 1937, when it became a publicly traded company. The following year, the company acquired timber stands in the southeastern United States and began construction of a Fernandina Beach, Florida, pulp mill, which began production in 1939.

In 1944, the company moved its offices to New York City. As World War II ended, Rayonier began making large land purchases in the Pacific Northwest. The Rayonier Foundation was created in 1952 to provide assistance to charitable, civic and education organizations in the communities where Rayonier did business.

Rayonier opened international sales offices in Europe and Asia during 1954. That same year, another pulp mill in the southeast was constructed at Jesup, Georgia. High demand prompted the facility to double its capacity by 1957.

ITT purchased the company in 1968 and the name changed to ITT Rayonier.

The Jesup mill grew larger in 1974, becoming the largest pulp mill on earth.

Company headquarters were moved again in 1978; this time to Stamford, Connecticut.

Diplomatic relations with China were restored in 1979. The following year, Rayonier received orders for pulp and logs. It took almost five years to receive permission to open an office in Beijing, China in 1985.

A log-trading office was opened in New Zealand during 1988. The New Zealand government sold Rayonier 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) of timberland in 1992.

The company was spun off from ITT in 1994 with the company name reverting to Rayonier and shares again traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Rayonier purchased 969,000 acres (3,920 km2) of timberland in Florida, Georgia and Alabama in 1999, then relocated the corporate offices to Jacksonville, Florida to be closer to company employees and properties.[3]

Rayonier converted to a real estate investment trust on January 1, 2004.[4] TerraPointe LLC was established in 2005 to manage properties with development potential.

The 2006 purchase of 228,000 acres (920 km2) in six states brought the company's total of land owned, leased or managed to 2,600,000 acres (11,000 km2) in the U.S. and New Zealand.

In March 2008, the company purchased 56,300 acres (228 km2) for $215 million in southwest Washington state from Sierra Pacific [5]

In January 2013, the company sold its wood products division, including its mills in Baxley, Swainsboro, and Eatonton, Georgia, to British Columbia-based International Forest Products (Interfor) for $80 million.[6]

Market Segments[edit]

According to Florida Trend magazine, the company is a leading international forest products company with three segments: timber, real estate and performance fibers.[3][7]


  • Jesup, GA (pulp)
  • Fernandina Beach, FL (pulp)


  1. ^ "Rayonier 2013 10k". SEC.gov. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Bull, Roger. "Jacksonville-based Rayonier can see a forest of cash through the trees". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Florida Trend: September 1, 2008-Florida Companies With Promise by Amy Keller
  4. ^ Rayonier, Inc. History Accessed 2008-09-25
  5. ^ Rayonier to buy timberlands for $215 mln Accessed 2008-09-25
  6. ^ "Interfor buys three Georgia sawmills from Rayonier for $80 million". Canadian Business. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Florida Times-Union: June 13, 2005-Rayonier: A different kind of forest products firm by Mark Basch

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