Over 70 Years and Still Growing
Hickman Lumber Company began during the depression era when Harry Hickman started logging with a crosscut saw and a team of horses. After aquiring an engine from a coal company he built a simple mill from which he produced mostly mine timbers and blocking for the steel industry. In 1945 a permanent mill was built in southern Venango County, PA between Emlenton and Clintonville.
In 1964 Harry’s son Larry joined the company. Larry had graduated from the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection School in Memphis, Tennesse in 1958 and after working for a lumber broker for six years came back to work with his father.
Over the years more equipment and property was acquired and in 1981 the company was producing 12-15 m’/day using a circle head rig and bull-edger. It was at this time that the third generation of the Hickman family got involved when Larry’s son Dennis began full-time employment as an inspector. Another circle mill to cut blocking and two Irving Moore dry kilns were added in 1984. Then in that same year a fire totally destroyed the main mill. The next day the company went to two shifts while the new mill was being built. The following years saw more kilns added and timberland acquired. Then in 1989 another fire destroyed the mill and again it was rebuilt better than before.
Today the mill is producing 40 m’/day using one circle head rig feeding a 7’ Filer and Stowell Slant ban-mill using a .125 kerf and two 48” West Plains horizontal resaw using .083 kerf. Kiln capacity is now approximately 500,000 board feet. The Hickman Lumber Company owns 7,000 thousand acres of it’s own land and manages another 6,000 acres for public and private lands with that figure continuing to grow.
In 1999 Hickman Lumber became the first company in Pennsylvania to be certified by SmartWood (Rainforest Alliance) to the FSC standards. This certification ensures that the wood is identified when purchased as coming from a well managed forest. View our FSC Certificate and learn more about our FSC certification on our Environment page.