The key to running a sawmill is a good source of logs and Douglas County in Southern Oregon is one of the most prolific tree growing regions in the world. Because logs represent the largest single cost in running a mill, sourcing competitively priced logs is vital for long term success. In the late 1960s, the Swanson mill in Glendale was among the first in Oregon to adopt small log technology. This forward thinking retooling proved successful. In 1973, brothers Dean, Rod and Ray built Swanson-Superior Forest Products in Noti, Oregon.