Innovation is in our Company DNA

At Peninsula Iron Works we have always been innovators.  A part of our history is the first successful chain saw.  Built right here in the same building we occupy today.  It was met with great resistance but like with most successful technologies, eventually it couldn't be ignored and the world changed forever in a small way.  The tradition continues with everything we do.  We are constant tinkerers and inventors and have rebuilt our machinery multiple times as we discovered new technologies.  From planer mill to milling machine, from hydraulic drives to electric motors and then to AC servo drives and ballscrews with CNC controls and a communication network to tie it all together.  

We haven't been in the chain saw business for decades.  We have changed with the times and the market.  The buildings have grown and evolved, but the old timbers in some sections are the same ones that were erected in 1917.  We have survived and rebuilt after fire tried to destroy the original building, which was much more common back then.  

We apply all of this history and knowledge to our daily work.  Knowing we can build things faster and better and constantly changing our approach to problem solving. We never say no to a project based only on its complexity.  In fact we gravitate towards those particular challenges so our portfolio and competency grows with each job.  Ideas are constantly tested and refined and ultimately implemented in our shop and on our customers projects.  Little by little improving our world and the lives and livelihoods of our customers.  

What this means for you is that when you partner with us, you tap into this innovative spirit and process and receive the best possible final product that can be delivered.  We do this, in the words of JFK "not because they are easy, but because they are hard".  Of course he was talking about going to the moon but the work that you, your company and your employees do is no less important.  The lives of future generations will be affected by the things you build. You can read more about our history and the history of many others from that era in forestry, in The Big Woods, by Ellis Lucia copy-write 1975.  Experience the innovation and results for yourself when you trust your equipment or project to us.

 The first portable chainsaw built by PIW being used in the forests of the Pacific NW, photo from the US Forest service, also appears in  The Big Woods , by Ellis Lucia.

The first portable chainsaw built by PIW being used in the forests of the Pacific NW, photo from the US Forest service, also appears in The Big Woods, by Ellis Lucia.