Our History

The Wilsons came from Garrett County, Maryland to West Virginia in the early 1900's. In 1903, the Wilsons bought an 11,000 acre tract of timber on the headwaters of the West Fork of the Greenbrier River and organized the Wildell Lumber Company. This mill operated until 1916. Total production was 110,000,000 board feet of Appalachian Hardwoods.

In 1911, the Wilsons began operating a mill at Mill Creek, West Virginia, under the name of Wilson Lumber Company. The mill cut its last log in September 1931. In 1935, Merritt Wilson, Sr., and Frank E. Wilson, father and son, built and operated a mill under the name of Ruthbell Lumber Company at Durbin, West Virginia. The mill was later sold in 1948 to the Mower Lumber Company of Cass, West Virginia. Frank E. Wilson continued in the lumber business by operating a wholesale lumber business, working with area mills during the 1950's and 60's.

After completing his Navy Military Service in 1960, James F. Wilson joined his father and together they organized the Frank E. Wilson Lumber Company, Inc. Starting with a 20 acre location in Elkins, West Virginia, they began developing a concentration yard with rail facilities. At his father’s death in 1984, James F. Wilson became President and is General Manager of the Company. Today the Company operates seven dry kilns supplied with steam heat from a modern wood waste boiler. A planing mill which includes surfacing, ripping and re-sawing operations enables further processing after the lumber is kiln dried. In 2003, a state of the art computerized grading and stacking facility was added that permits specialized sorting.

John T. Wilson joined the firm in September 1989 becoming the sixth generation of the Wilsons in the lumber business. He serves as the Company’s Vice President and Treasurer. John also established Wilson Quality Millwork in 1995 to produce mouldings, panel and dimension stock and millwork. It, too, occupies part of the original 20 acre yard location.

The Frank E. Wilson Lumber Company, Inc, has steadily grown in facilities and production. Today it annually processes five million board feet of fine quality Appalachian Hardwoods to serve its customers throughout the United States and the world.

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Grading green lumber.
Loading kiln.
Loading a boxcar.
Surfacing lumber.

PO Box 1277, Elkins, WV 26241 • P: (304) 636-3000 (800) 609-7071
F: (304) 636-9465
: info@wilsonlumber.com