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The Reichard brothers built the sawmill in Petersburg ON just southwest of Kitchener (at the time
Berlin.) Steam powered, line and shaft with circular blade.


John Walter built the first sawmill in the south, upriver, branch of the Big Head river now called Walter’s creek on the 300 acres he bought the previous year which is now the hamlet of Walters Falls.


John S Hallman purchased the Reichard mill in Petersburg and it was operated by his son Jacob C Halllman.


Richard Olmstead purchased from the Walter family the sawmill property then proceeded to build a new sawmill on the crest of the escarpment.


In the spring of the year Gordon Hallman bought the Walters Falls sawmill.


The company with both mills was incorporated as Willard G Hallman Lumber Ltd.


David Calford joins the family business, Citra-mix, in food processing/manufacturing supplying the powdered food products industry, for 2 years.


David Calford joins the sales force in the family business.


The Walters Falls sawmill was destroyed by fire. A large crowd watched the blaze of the 90 year old wood constructed mill. The light of the fire could be seen from as far away as Chatsworth.


Construction is underway for the new sawmill.


Dave Calford elevates to corporate sales services companies such as Miracle, Steinburg, Loblaw’s, K-Mart, Sobeys, National Grocers, and IGA.


The rebuilt Walters Falls sawmill began operation, on a site just south of the original. This mill is the operation currently in use.


Dave Calford joins sales force at Bayfield Auto sales, and elevated to top salesman, Sales Manager, then Head of Wholesale department, responsible for two salesmen.


Paul W Hallman begins working with his father John W in operations of sawmill business.


Dave Calford sets up landscaping supply yard in Shanty Bay, John Eisen Stone Products, still operating successfully today.


La-Z-Boy hires Dave Calford directly to head floor manager for the Mississauga store, responsible for a sales staff in excess of 30 people.


After 3 years construction by John Dwayne Hallman, brother-in-law Brian McKibbon and father John W The Falls Inn & Spa opens for business.


David Calford began a retail firewood yard and wood delivery business in Barrie, formerly known as “The Wood Guyz”, now known as Redi 2 Burn.  They have been serving their loyal clients in the Simcoe County area ever since and are expanding throughout Southern Ontario.


While running his firewood business, Dave began and developed a 50,000 ton per year Wood Pellet operation in Dundalk which is still operating and successful today.


Dave Calford and Paul Hallman founded Hallman Wood Products Inc., incorporating the Redi 2 Burn service, reprocessing wood facility and expanding into specialty firewood and chips for the heating and food markets.