In 1893 Charles Wesley Robinson, Indiana railroad builder and banker, founded Robinson Lumber Company in Meridian, Mississippi. Recognizing the opportunity to export high quality Long Leaf Pine lumber around the world, he soon moved the company to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Robert Gibson Robinson, his son, upon recognizing the declining supply of export quality Heart Pine, began the company’s first foreign manufacturing facility in Nicaragua in 1942 to supply Pitch Pine to Robinson’s customers around the world.
After World War II, Jack, Charlie, and Sam, the third generation of Robinsons entered the business, expanded into hardwoods and began operations in Honduras and Brazil. The fourth generation of Courtney, Sam, Ivens and Toto consolidated and grew the scale of the company's activities through the 80's, 90's and 2000's, buying and selling wood products in over 70 countries worldwide.
Now owned and managed by the fifth generation of the Robinson family, the company boasts purchasing and sales offices in multiple U.S. locations plus our hardwood concentration yard in the North Appalachian hardwood region.
Robinson now has locations in North, Central and South America and sales offices in Europe and Asia. The Robinson tradition continues with expansion into new products and markets to meet the needs of old and new customers alike.
Robinson Lumber family is carrying its traditions into the next century, growing together with our customers and suppliers.