Wilson Lumber to Celebrate 75 Years of Business

By Heather
Friday, Nov 03rd, 2023

Wilson Lumber is announcing plans to celebrate its 75th-anniversary milestone throughout 2024.

The story of Wilson Lumber began in 1949 with Clyde Wilson bringing his family to Huntsville to start a lumber business to provide for his family.

“I’m sure granddad never dreamed Wilson Lumber would look like it does today,” said Robb Wilson, third-generation owner, and Wilson Lumber CEO. “But I think he’d be proud of the way we’ve grown the company and stayed true to the values that he instilled in us, to treat people how they want to be treated and to do the right thing.”

Today, Wilson Lumber has grown to five locations in Alabama and Tennessee, a workforce of more than 350 employees, and annual sales exceeding $140 million.

Statistically, most family-owned businesses only make it 24 years, and only 13% of family-owned businesses are passed down successfully to a third generation. Wilson Lumber has defied these odds, emerging as a cornerstone of the construction industry in Huntsville, North Alabama, and beyond.

As part of the celebration, Wilson Lumber will recognize employees, past and present, who made significant contributions to its growth and success.

"The 75th Anniversary presents an exceptional opportunity to celebrate the dedication and contribution of our employees,” Wilson said.

Some have dedicated their entire careers here, and that’s worth celebrating. 

The company will also recognize the many loyal customers, who built hundreds of thousands of homes in North Alabama with building materials acquired through Wilson Lumber.

“Our growth has been closely intertwined with the growth of Huntsville,” said Wilson Lumber President Josh Hendrickson. “As the city expanded with the presence of Redstone Arsenal and the space program, Wilson Lumber expanded its capabilities to match the increasing demand.

This anniversary is an opportunity to acknowledge the community for its support and recognize Wilson Lumber's significant contributions to the area.