Throwback Thursday: Carter Lumber's Legacy

A decade ago, the Kent, Ohio-based lumberyard celebrated 75 years.

From left, Jeff Donley and Neil Sackett.

The Feb. 5, 2007 issue of Home Channel News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, told the story of Carter Lumber's first 75 years, and its rise "from a single-unit Akron, Ohio, operation in 1932, to a $689 million player." As we reported, the company continued to forge ahead. 

Carter crossed the billion-dollar milestone in 2015.

In the photo above, Carter Lumber's Jeff Donley and Neil Sackett pose with equipment from the early days, when the company -- founded by Sackett's grandfather -- operated under a different name.

Here's how Sackett described the company's mindset for the company in 2007:

"We've evolved several times from our origingal model. We started as a lumber business and we stayed a lumber business, but we have evolved. Throughout our history, we've sen the ups and downs of the economy , and we see the changes that need to be made each time and to reposition ourselves."

In the ten years since the publication of the photo above, Donley was promoted to president and COO. Donley and Sacket, the company CEO, continue to lead the pro dealer today.


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