Approximately 720 sawmills produce most of the softwood lumber in the U.S. The largest 200 of these, ranked mostly according to 2002 production, are displayed in the table on the ensuing pages. Where the actual production statistic was not released, it was estimated by subtracting from capacity any lost volume due to downtime. In a few instances where neither production nor indications of downtime were available, capacity was used to compile the listing. This year the Hampton mill in Willamina, Ore. came out on top. According to a company source the 385MMBF output would have been even greater but for some downtime taken during the year. The highly regarded independent producer Seneca Sawmill in Eugene, Ore. came in second. It, however, dropped its third shift in April 2003. Weyerhaeuser’s Cottage Grove, Ore. complex rounds out the top three. The long-time leader, the Simpson complex in Shelton, Wash., was estimated to have fallen to fourth due in part to downtime taken in the course of the year.