Established in 1998, Vancouver Specialty Cedar Products (VANSPEC) is a family owned and operated business founded by fourth generation lumberman Don Backs.

Vancouver Specialty Cedar Products (VANSPEC)

VANSPEC is a Western Red Cedar remanufacturing plant located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. We are a remanufacturer of Western Red Cedar, as well we are a Custom Remanufacturer for Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar, Hemlock and many other species. Vancouver Specialty strives to give our customers consistency of manufacturing with state of the art equipment and outstanding customer service from our experienced staff. At Vanspec, we work closely with our customers to develop and produce the grades and finishes that they require. Custom grades and patterns tailored to our customer’s requirements is one of our strengths.

Getting its start working out of an office and using custom reman sites Don Backs decided to make the leap in 2002 to acquire his own remanufacturing site. He purchased an existing plant in surrey that was geared toward producing Lam Stock for the Japanese market.

Over the next few years the plant was reconfigured to run Western Red Cedar.

In 2008 a major refit complete with a new planer line and inline horizontal resaw.

In 2014 Vancouver Specialty purchased “Pack-Deck specialties” – a custom reman facility in Maple Ridge. The Facility operated status quo until December of 2017.

After the announcement of a US Softwood Lumber Duty, in 2017 The surrey site was sold and the entire facility was moved to the Maple Ridge location in December 2017. Many upgrades and improvements were done to bring the facility up to VANSPEC standards.”

The original logo created by Don Backs was in place from June 1998 to January 2020. As of January 2020 it has been retired for an updated logo to rebrand the company with its industry known nickname “Vanspec”.

Meet the Team

VANSPEC’s knowledgeable staff are available to answer your Cedar or Custom Reman questions

VANSPEC produces an extensive line of Cedar products to meet customer needs

At VANSPEC we aim to deliver quality to our valued customers.