Our deep roots of the past have brought us to our current strength. Founded in 1889, as a vegetable crate manufacturer in Benton Harbor, Michigan, operations soon moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, overlooking the Mississippi River. The location made for a perfect shipping hub incorporating railroad and river traffic. The fertile river soil and long growing season allowed for a variety of quality hardwoods, positioning us for growth and recognition in the national marketplace. Company-owned land permitted high yields and opened doors for sawmill expansion resulting in worldwide recognition.
By 2006, our lumber company managed more than 300,000 acres of hardwood timberlands in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. We continue to invest in naturally regenerating hardwood timberlands in these areas while expanding our hardwood lumber management capabilities to Yalbac Ranch and Cattle Corporation (YRCC) and Laguna Seca Lumber (LSL) in Belize. We are recognized worldwide as a driving force for the sales and marketing of quality hardwoods from the U.S. and Belize, as well as a preeminent milling operation.