Ember Woods Sawmill Puts Down Its Roots



Ember Woods Sawmill is veteran-owned business that recently opened for service in the city of Riley, KS.

After 20 years in the army, Ret. 1SG Scott Jacobs decided that he wanted to do something about which he felt passionate, something that he enjoyed doing everyday.


(photo used with permission of Scott Jacobs)

Arriving at that point involved a little bit of trial and error, but he got there when he opened Ember Woods Sawmill!


Located in the city of Riley, KS  – about 20 miles northwest of Manhattan – Ember Woods Sawmill specializes in logging, milling, and drying custom woods (eg. beautiful walnut, hackberry, sycamore, cedar, locust, hickory and oak), and in custom woodwork (e.g. table tops, mantles, shelving, and custom cut signage).


Ember Woods is also a full lumber yard serving the city of Riley and surrounding communities.


Scott originally came to the WU KSBDC for assistance when he was in the pre-venture stage, working on his business plan and figuring out funding for the business.


He recently participated in a lively panel discussion by veteran business owners as part of the National Veterans Small Business Week Resource Fair in Junction City.  The event was put on by the SBA, SCORE, VBOC, and WU KSBDC.

Scott’s advice: “Find that one thing that you enjoy waking up in the morning to do and run with it. There will likely be hardwork and sacrifice at some point, but in the long run, it will pay off!”


Congratulations, Scott, and best wishes to you with Ember Woods Sawmill!



Laurie Pieper, Ph.D.

Business Advisor

Washburn University SBDC

America’s SBDC Kansas

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