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Traded asNYSERYN
S&P 400 Component
Headquarters1 Rayonier Way
Wildlight, Florida 32097
Key people
Richard Kincaid – Chairman,
David L. Nunes – President and CEO,
Mark McHugh – SVP and Chief Financial Officer[1]
ProductsLumber, real estate
RevenueIncrease US$820 million (2017)[2]
Decrease US$149 million (2017)[2]
Number of employees
325 (240 in US)[3]
Footnotes / references

Rayonier Inc, headquartered in Wildlight, Florida, is a timberland real estate investment trust ("REIT") with assets located in some of the most productive softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand. Its core business segments are timber and real estate.

As of December 31, 2017, the company owned or leased approximately 2.6 million acres of timberlands overall, located in the U.S. South (1.8 million acres) and U.S. Pacific Northwest (378,000 acres). The company also has a 77% ownership interest in Matariki Forestry Group, a joint venture, that owns or leases approximately 410,000 acres of timberlands in New Zealand.[2]

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Rayonier was founded in 1926 as the Rainier Pulp and Paper Company in Shelton, Washington, with an office in San Francisco, California. Its name was inspired by Mount Rainier in Washington state. Its first mill opened the next year in Shelton and Port Angeles, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. The mill used Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) trees to create a premium bleached paper pulp.

In 1931, Rainier Pulp and Paper began working with the DuPont chemical company to produce hemlock pulp for the manufacture of rayon. Two additional pulp mills were constructed and began operation in the state of Washington.

Rainier Pulp and Paper changed its name to Rayonier, a portmanteau of the words rayon and Rainier, in 1937, when it became a publicly traded company. The following year, the company acquired timber stands in the southeastern United States, and began construction of a Fernandina Beach, Florida, pulp mill, which began production in 1939.

In 1944, the company moved its offices to New York City. As World War II ended, Rayonier began making large land purchases in the Pacific Northwest. The Rayonier Foundation was created in 1952 to provide assistance to charitable, civic and education organizations in the communities where Rayonier did business.[citation needed]

Rayonier opened international sales offices in Europe and Asia during 1954. That same year, another pulp mill in the southeast was constructed at Jesup, Georgia. High demand prompted the facility to double its capacity by 1957.[citation needed]

ITT purchased the company in 1968 and the name changed to ITT Rayonier.

The Jesup mill grew larger in 1974, becoming the largest pulp mill on earth.[citation needed]

Company headquarters were moved again in 1978; this time to Stamford, Connecticut.

Diplomatic relations with China were restored in 1979. The following year, Rayonier received orders for pulp and logs. It took almost five years to receive permission to open an office in Beijing in 1985.

A log-trading office was opened in New Zealand during 1988. The New Zealand government sold Rayonier 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) of timberland in 1992.

The company was spun off from ITT in 1994 with the company name reverting to Rayonier and shares again traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Rayonier purchased 969,000 acres (3,920 km2) of timberland in Florida, Georgia and Alabama in 1999, then relocated the corporate offices to Jacksonville, Florida, to be closer to company employees and properties.[5]

Rayonier converted to a real estate investment trust (REIT) on January 1, 2004.[6] TerraPointe LLC was established in 2005 to manage properties with development potential.

The 2006 purchase of 228,000 acres (920 km2) in six states brought the company's total of land owned, leased or managed to 2,600,000 acres (11,000 km2) in the U.S. and New Zealand.

In March 2008, the company purchased 56,300 acres (228 km2) for $215 million in southwest Washington state from Sierra Pacific [7]

In March 2013, the company sold its wood products division, including its mills in Baxley, Swainsboro, and Eatonton, Georgia, to British Columbia-based International Forest Products (Interfor) for $80 million.[8]

In April 2013, the company increased its shareholding in the joint venture Matariki Forestry Group in New Zealand from 26% to 65% for $140 million.[4]

In May 2014, Rayonier named David L. Nunes as post-separation president and CEO for Rayonier.[9]

A class action against members of the former management team by certain shareholders was launched for the period from October 26, 2010, to November 7, 2014, claiming over-harvesting while communicating publicly harvesting below a sustainable rate.[10] On October 5, 2017, the court entered orders approving the settlement and a plan of distribution terminating these class actions.[11]

In June 2014, Rayonier spun off its performance fibers business into an independent, publicly traded company, Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (NYSE: RYAM).[12][13] Shareholders of Rayonier received one share of the new Rayonier Advanced Materials company for every three shares of Rayonier on June 27, 2014.[1][14]

In August 2015, Rayonier announced its ownership in the New Zealand joint venture will increase from 65% to approximately 77%, as part of an anticipated recapitalization of the JV.[15]

In May 2016, Rayonier announced upgrades to it Pacific Northwest timberland portfolio through the acquisition of 61,000 acres of timberlands in western Oregon for $263 million, and a disposition of 55,000 acres comprising predominantly pre-merchantable timber in Washington state for $130 million.[16]

In August 2017, Rayonier consolidated its corporate headquarters, real estate, and forest resources offices into a newly constructed, state-of-the-art building in Wildlight, Florida.

Business segments

  • Timber (59% of total sales for 2017)
  • U.S. real estate (22% of total sales for 2017)
  • Trading (19% of total sales for 2017).[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Rayonier Completes Separation of Rayonier Advanced Materials". Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c News Release, Exhibit 99.1. Rayonier Inc., February 7, 2018, retrieved February 21, 2018
  3. ^ "Rayonier Annual Report 2016 10k". Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Rayonier Annual Report 2013 10k". Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Fla. Companies With Promise". Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "Rayonier, Inc. History". Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Rayonier to buy timberlands for $215 mln". March 12, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2017 – via Reuters.
  8. ^ "Interfor buys three Georgia sawmills from Rayonier for $80 million". Canadian Business. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "Rayonier - Investor Relations - Press Release". Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "IN RE RAYONIER INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION" (PDF). SAXENA WHITE P.A. September 25, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Rayonier 10-K Filing for 2017. Rayonier Inc., February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2018
  12. ^ "Separation of Performance Fibers" (PDF). Rayonier. January 27, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Rayonier Names David Nunes Post-Separation CEO for Rayonier" (PDF). Rayonier. May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "Rayonier - Investor Relations - RSS Content". Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "Rayonier - Investor Relations - Press Release". Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  16. ^ "Rayonier Upgrades Pacific Northwest Timberland Portfolio Through Acquisition of 61,000 acres and Disposition of 55,000 acres". Rayonier. May 2, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2018.

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