Providing Forest Products Consulting, Planning,
and Benchmarking Services

Timber ready for processing

The Beck Group is a leading provider of forest products consulting services — in both North America and around the world — dedicated to helping businesses succeed in this new global economy. Our staff provides clients with the information and innovative solutions their companies require to meet the challenges of today's highly competitive environment.

Our experience in the areas of project planning, feasibility studies, mill modernizations, competitive assessments, due diligence, fiber supply, and timber procurement planning has earned our company an international reputation.

Our goal is to improve the performance of forest products companies through providing practical and cost effective consulting solutions.

Sad News to Share with Our Clients and Friends

It is with great sadness that we announce that Bill Mitchell, our friend and colleague, passed away on Saturday, May 10th following a heart attack.

Bill had been with our company for over 28 years, and had worked in the forest products industry for more than 35 years. In that time he touched many lives and contributed to the success of too many people and operations to count.

Prior to coming to work as a consultant with Tom Beck, Bill worked in sawmill and plywood operations, including positions at International Paper, Weyerhaeuser, and Roseburg Forest Products. As a consultant, Bill was responsible for projects concerning both primary and secondary wood products manufacturing, including benchmarking studies, feasibility studies, marketing research, due diligence evaluations, plant operational assessments, timber resource studies, and profit improvement projects. In recent years, Bill was most widely known as the chief recruiter for our industry benchmarking studies (and master joke-teller at our management training workshops).

Bill was a caring and considerate man who placed great importance on his family, and on his relationships with clients and co-workers. Bill was very positive and could always be counted on for a compliment, an encouraging word, a joke, or to look for the silver lining on a looming cloud. He will be greatly missed by our team — on both personal and professional levels.

Bill is survived by his wife Lorraine, five children, and numerous grandchildren. Funeral services commemorating his life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 16317 SE Bluff Road, Sandy, Oregon.

Remembrances may be sent to: Lorraine Mitchell, 27550 SE Knox, Boring, OR 97009.