Zeidler Drive

Feature type: road
Province: British Columbia
Location: Forks N off Hwy 16, W of McBride

W.R. Zeidler (d. 1973) founded Zeidler Forest Industries in 1934 with a small one-man millwork plant in Edmonton, manufacturing windows, sash and frames. Born in Cologne, Germany, Zeidler came to Edmonton in 1928. As a result of his humanitarian concerns, Zeidler received the Alberta Government Achievement Award. In 1984, Zeidler Forest Industries employed almost 500 people in plywood and lumber plants in McBride, Slave Lake, Barhead, and Edmonton, Alberta. Margaret Zeidler served as president of the company from the death of her husband until her retirement in 1984.


  • Robson Valley Courier. Weekly newspaper published by Pyramid Press of Jasper from1969–88.

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  1. Priscille Gruger

    We are in possession of a wood inlay painting made by a Zeidler employee given to my husband’s uncle, Karl Rueger. Karl worked for the plant in Edmonton at a time when Margaret Zeidler was president. My husband had 2 other uncles that worked for Zeidler. Kurt Gruger managed Slave Lake in Alberta and Horst Gruger managed the plant in McBride.
    I was wondering if you would be interested in the wood inlay painting.
    Pictures can be sent if you’d like to see them.

    Priscille Gruger


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