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History

The seeds of World Wide Wood Network® were sown years ago. The company is physically located in the small, rural, Pacific Northwest community of Yelm, Washington; once a virtual mecca for timber harvesting and manufacturing in the early 1900's. The co-founders and owners have roots deep in the Wood Products Industry. Our C.E.O. and co-founder is a second-generation lumberman whose early ancestors built the first sawmill in the United States in New England in the mid 1600's. The remaining owner's family was a significant force in the foundation of the Wood Products Industry in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, by bringing their sawmill expertise and investments from the mid-west to join the Weyerhaeuser family; creating the current Weyerhaeuser Company in the late 1800's.

The vision for World Wide Wood Network® was initially formed in November 1999. After some months of market and technical research, the founders incorporated the company in February 2000. Initial software tools and platforms were chosen in March 2000, and system design began shortly thereafter. The full Board of Directors held their first meeting in March 2000, and the management team was selected over the next few months.

Version 1.0 of the patent pending W3Net(tm) Commerce Platform was ready for testing in the Fall of 2000. The first demonstration model was unveiled at the North American Wholesale Lumber Association's Trader's Market in Dallas, Texas in November 2000. Our trading exchange was rolled out to Development members beginning March 2001 only one year after the company's inception. As a result of our customers' input we rolled out our Supplier Managed Inventory Module in December 2001. Our history is in the making!