100 years since the start
In the year 1919, Carl Fabian Berg founded the company that for decades would be known as CF Berg & Co. Carl Fabians profession was carpenter and he needed timber. He started the business with a mobile sawmill that was moved around from one place to another in the forest. Apart from timber, the company also produced wood charcoal, which was produced in charcoal stacks, and wood fuel to produce wood-gas. It was not until the 1940s that the business arrived at the place where the sawmill in Mörlunda stands today. The founders son, Alf Berg, moved back home to help with the business. Before this, Alf had been a grocer on Påskallavik, a small town south of Oskarshamn. A fire destroyed large parts of the sawmill at the start of the 1950s. For almost a year, Alf wondered if he should build up the business again. The rebuilding, no doubt, was due to the fact that the greater part of the dry plant, which by the standards of the day was modern, had survived the flames.
Alf lived until he was 88, and sat on the Board until the day he died, which at the time made him the oldest board member in a quoted company.
Apart from wood products, the company for a time also manufactured doors and work clothes. The production of work clothing was started to give employment to the women in the town and to those women who moved with their husbands. Since 2006, the company has been called Bergs Timber AB.
On 1 September 2020, Bergs transferred the business, which includes the sawmills in Orrefors, Vimmerby, Mörlunda and the assets at the decommissioned sawmill in Gransjö, to Vida Aktiebolag.