Viking Forest Products – Leader in the Industry

Traders with Viking Forest Products pride ourselves on doing what we say we will do. Honesty, Integrity and accountability are traits that differentiate Viking Traders from our competition. We help your business produce better margins by supplementing the commodity with knowledge.

Relying on solid Midwestern values, we work hard and take pride in being dependable. We hire good, down to earth people – and give them the training and tools they need to help their customers succeed.


Viking has been in business for over 100 years and employs 38 Traders, 12 of whom have 20+ years experience.


Viking has been the #1 company in Forest City Trading Group since 2007.


With 5 full time traffic employees, Viking moves over 30,000 units of Lumber, Panel and Industrial products by Rail Car, Flatbed, Van, and intermodal.


Viking Gross Sales Dollars eclipsed half a billion dollars 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 twenty-eight of them as an employee of Viking Forest Products, and twenty-three as President.   Viking is a company of incredible people, who are not only very committed to their jobs as individuals, but maybe more importantly, as being committed 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 the office and out. This caring extends to our suppliers and customers as well. Viking employee’s care that our customers and suppliers are treated the way they expect to be treated.

Be a Part of our Team!!

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