Neil Kelly and Seneca Sawmill Co. to Build Eugene Home for Veterans’ Housing Project

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Ground Breaking on Veterans’ Day November 11th

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Neil Kelly and Seneca Sawmill Co. Donates New Home for Veteran

For a returning veteran, a home is a minimum requirement in a sometimes difficult transition. Not having to worry about housing can help our veterans focus on reintegration rather than external concerns...

Seneca Sawmill Company and Neil Kelly Design-Build Remodeling announced today that they will break ground November 11th at 9:00 am on a new donated home for the Veterans’ Housing Project (VHP) of Lane County. Seneca is making the building of the 7th VHP home possible as the lead sponsor; Neil Kelly will provide design and construction, along with many local contributors.

The Veterans’ Housing Project is a consortium of individuals, businesses, governmental agencies, non-profits, service clubs and others who work together to provide affordable rental housing for veterans and their families transitioning back into civilian life.

The property is located at 1340 Jefferson St. The home is designed to blend in with the existing neighborhood and will contain 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The home also includes a small patio, and a detached garage at the back of the lot.

“For a returning veteran, a home is a minimum requirement in a sometimes difficult transition,” said Matt White, general manager of Neil Kelly’s Eugene office and design center. “Not having to worry about housing can help our veterans focus on reintegration rather than external concerns. This is the least we can do to make that transition a bit easier.”

“When our troops abroad put their lives at risk on our behalf, we want to show our gratitude,” said Todd Payne, VP-GM Seneca Sawmill Company. “Providing a home through the Veterans’ Housing Project is just one way we can demonstrate our appreciation and lighten their load when they come back. We are looking forward to this project.”

About Seneca Sawmill Company
From humble roots, producing just 18-million board feet of lumber in 1954, today, Seneca Sawmill currently includes three sawmills in Eugene, Oregon and one in Noti, Oregon, with production levels exceeding 650-million board feet. Supporting these operations is Seneca Jones Timber Company which sustainably manages 165,000 acres of timberlands that produces raw material for our sawmills. Our newest facility, Seneca Sustainable Energy, utilizes by-products from our forest and sawmill operations and produces 19.8 MW’s of renewable power (enough for 13,000 homes on an annual basis) which is utilized by our local community, plus steam for our on-site dry kilns. Collectively, these companies form the Seneca Family of Companies which support over 400 local family-wage jobs. Visit

About Neil Kelly
Neil Kelly Company, a certified B corporation, is an innovative residential design-build remodeling firm helping homeowners care for all aspects of their homes. Services include custom homes, award-winning design-build remodeling, energy upgrades, solar panel installation, and home repairs, big and small. With five Pacific Northwest locations in Portland, Lake Oswego, Eugene, Bend and Seattle, Neil Kelly is renowned for its quality craftsmanship and sustainable building practices. Homeowners are invited to visit Neil Kelly design centers or attend free educational workshops. Visit

For more information contact:

Todd Payne
Vice President & General Manager
Seneca Sawmill Company
(541) 689-1011    

Matt White, General Manager
Neil Kelly Eugene Operations
(541) 683-6085

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