About Northern Crossarm

When Joseph Bischel founded Northern Crossarm Co. Inc. in 1922, it is doubtful he ever expected his company to grow from a one man manufacturing firm into one of the leading wood treating companies in the Great Lake States area. Today Joe Bischel’s company is owned and operated by his grandson Pat Bischel.  The principles founded by Joseph Bischel in the mid 1920s of honest, hard work, integrity and willingness to serve are the cornerstone of the company’s foundation.  Together with the contributions of its dedicated employees, Northern Crossarm Company exemplifies what it means to be a leader in the industry.

Our History

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98 years of innovation, Starting in 1922.

Joseph Bischel incorporates Northern Crossarm Company. The focus of the company was to supply wood crossarms, glass insulators, transmission wire and other products built for the telecommunications industry.

1978

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In 1978, Northern Crossarm diversified into the wood preservation business by purchasing equipment to pressure treat wood.

1982

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Now growing, Northern Crossarm moves to and develops a 22-acre site in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The company site includes rail access.

1984

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Northern Crossarm starts custom drying hardwoods used in the cabinet and furniture markets. We purchase our first kiln for drying wood.

1990

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Northern Crossarm replaces the kiln originally used to dry hardwood with a direct-fired gas kiln suitable for drying pressure-treated wood.

1994

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Northern Crossarm becomes only the second wood treating facility in the industry to produce ACQ treated wood. A second treating plant is installed to accommodate the product of a new wood preservative (ACQ). Now, the company can produce pressure-treated wood without arsenic or chrome.

1998

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Northern Crosssarm becomes the first wood treating facility in the United States to move all production into a non-arsenic, non-chromium preservative (ACQ).

2003

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Northern Crossarm adds a third wood treating cylinder. The new treatment facility will produce MCA-treated wood. MCA is a new preservative using a micronized copper preservative that’s less corrosive than ACQ.

2005

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Northern crossarm begins production of a borate pressure-treated wood called Envirosafe. Envirosafe has a binder in the formulation that locks the boarates in the wood and makes it appropriate for exterior applications. Its primary application is used for sound walls in Minnesota.

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Focused on improving production capabilities, Northern Crossarm adds a molder to produce center-matched 2x8s for Minnesota sound walls.

2007

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Northern Crossarm enters an agreement to produce and supply BluWood, a coating to protect framing lumber from mold throughout the Midwest and Rocky Mountain States.

2013

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Northern Crossarm begins distribution KDAT (Kiln Dried After Treatment) wood in the Colorado market.

2019

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A third kiln is built to bring Northern Crossarm’s drying capacity to 15,000,000 BF annually. A new molder is purchased to create more opportunities for developing additional decking products. Northern Crossarm doubles brown production capabilities by adding new coating equipment.

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