Scierie Mandray, 5 generations of sawyers

Founded by Jean-Baptiste Mandray in 1850,
the Scierie Mandray sawmill has been passed down from father to son for 5 generations.
Our main activity consists in sawing and cutting fir tree, spruce, Douglas fir and Scots pine for carpenters, glue-laminated wood manufacturers, timber-frame houses, packing firms and industrialists. Our sawmill has developed a number of enhanced services such as drying, planing, milling, nailing and treatment.



Jean-Baptiste Mandray, then a timber merchant carrying his wares down river on the Meurthe between Saint-Dié, Saint-Nicolas-de-Port and Nancy, launched his sawmill near Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (Lorraine).


He handed the business over to his son, Auguste Mandray. The company then boasted 4 sawmills in Taintrux, Les Trois Scieries and Aux Rouges-Eaux.


The building in Les Trois Scieries was converted to replace the two vertical drop saws, roller saw and circular saw.


The plant became electrically operated. The turbine for the hydraulic conduit from the lake was set up together with a transformer to power the band saw and circular saw.


Pierre Mandray, son of Auguste, took over the sawmill – he was the 3rd generation.


Partial destruction of the sawmill from the shells of the liberating army.


Louis Mandray, son of Pierre, converted the private company into a public limited company (SA) and decided to mechanise handling: Keienburg gantry and fork-lift truck (1968)


A new André band saw was purchased.


The sawmill took on industrial proportions: 2,000 m² of additional buildings and installation of a twin André. Output increased from 30 to 80 m² per day.


New Primultini headrig with the first Slabbers installed in France (imported from Quebec).


Launching of the nailing workshop for special pallets.


Philippe Mandray was appointed CEO after his father: the 5th generation had arrived. His brother and sister, Olivier and Isabelle, were there to back him up. The first drier was launched at this time. It operated full time right from the outset.


Replacement of the twin by a multi-blade circular saw. A computerised system was installed for the entire production line.


The first Weinig planing machine was brought in for large timber sections.

First profit-sharing scheme introduced for the employees.


Production and delivery of the very first giant-size cooling tower to Brazil (60 containers).


Investment in a Hundegger CNC milling centre for joinery assemblies according to carpenters’ plans.


New extension: 1,500 m² of additional buildings and launch of an edge-sawing machine with a scanner and automatic sorting line.


The sawmill obtained PEFC certification (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). It was one of the first in France.


Second drier launched.


Replacement of the band saw headrig.


Total overhauling of the log yard. Installation of a double twin.


Second milling machine. Three years before being legally obliged to do so, the sawmill obtained EC certification and marking on timber structures.


Installation of a Weinig 7 profiling and tooling centre to process cladding and decking.