Parton Lumber Company

Past, Present, & Future

Three Generations Strong

Parton Lumber Company was founded by Verno Parton in 1948, nearly a century after his family first settled in Rutherford, NC and established itself in the wood industry. Three generations since its first customer, Parton Lumber remains a staple of Appalachian lumber production and is now owned and operated by grandsons Furman and Patrick Parton.

Adapting to Change

To stay successful for the past 65+ years, Parton Lumber has had to evolve several times, adapting product offerings and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the wood industry. In the early days, Verno only sawed southern yellow pine for home building. Since then, we have supplied hardwood for the furniture boom that dominated the mid-1900s, as well as helped eastern white pine gain a foothold in the window and millwork industries when the Spotted Owl became endangered and caused milling operations to be shut down in much of the western United States.

Building on Tradition

Today, under the leadership of Furman and Patrick, Parton Lumber employs 130 people, owns 3.2 million feet of kiln space and each year produces approximately 54 million board feet of eastern white pine, Appalachian red oak, white oak and poplar, all procured out of the Appalachian Mountain chain. From our humble beginnings selling to local builders, we now ship our products across the United States and export throughout the world.

"The company is the result of the efforts of a lot of people. There are a lot of people who do not have Parton as a last name that have been instrumental in the success of Parton Lumber Company. A lot of what you will see today is the result of these people's efforts." - Carl Parton, former owner

 

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