Getting to growth: Land, Labor & Capital

The last sawmill

Columbia Vista is a model for the county.

Bob Lewis, Columbia Vista Corp

The last remaining sawmill in Clark County found a way to thrive after the Japanese lumber market tanked in the mid-1990's. As its peers sold off their planers and disappeared, Columbia Vista reinvested in its workforce and found new markets. Columbian reporter Aaron Corvin interviewed Columbia Vista president Bob Lewis on video about the company's return to growth. "Anybody can do the things we did," Lewis said. "You just have to want to do them."

Picture of Growth

Just as Clark County's over-reliance on one industry for job growth -- housing -- would spur the worst local recession in more than a generation, Columbia Vista Corp.'s over-reliance on one line of business left it teetering on the verge of ruin. To save the company, president Bob Lewis resolved to transform it. A new business plan would undergird everything. Click through the gallery to learn more about how Columbia Vista succeeded.

The last sawmill

Columbia Vista is a model for the county.

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