A Brief History of Ward Lumber... a remarkable business story worth sharing!In 1890, Harvey M. Ward entered the forest products industry in the Au Sable Valley of the Adirondack Mountains. He worked with portable and water powered mills to custom saw the logs brought in from the wood lots of farmers and landowners in the region. These logs were processed into the lumber they needed for building. His sons Amos, Ralph, Harry, Sidney and Harvey later ran the business as "Ward Brothers".
Sidney J. Ward, Sr., who became owner of the business in 1944, started buying logs and established a retail operation that sold the lumber to the surrounding area. Through the years, Sid also had the foresight to purchase over 5,000 acres of timberland, which is still owned and managed by the company today to ensure production of this renewable resource.
After Sidney Sr.’s passing, his son Sidney Jr., a third generation owner, continued to grow the business as Chairman. When Sidney Jr.’s sons were ready to join the family business, they became the 4th generation of owners of Ward Lumber. Sidney III “Jay” is President, and Jeffrey is Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. Sidney Sr.’s wife, Janet Ward, was also an integral part of this family business until she and Sidney Sr. turned the day to day operations of the business over to their sons.
Agnes Ward, wife of Sidney J. Ward Sr., passed away in 2015. Agnes had a length of service at Ward Lumber that spanned over 70 years before she retired. Agnes’s fortitude and longevity in the family business was due to her desire to continue what her husband began over a half century earlier, her dedication to family, and admirable work ethic.
As Ward Lumber grew over the years, it became necessary to delineate different segments of the business. The two major elements of Ward Lumber today are the Building Materials Division and the Lumber Manufacturing Division. The Building Materials Division consists of two building supply stores in Jay and Malone. The Lumber Manufacturing Division is located in Jay, NY, and is composed of timberlands, forestry management, sawmill, dry kilns, planing mill, over the road delivery fleet and maintenance facility. Ward Lumber's sawmill is one of the largest White Pine sawmills in New York state.
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Associations & Awards
Jeff Worrall (L), Senior Loss Prevention Consultant from NY Lumberman's Insurance Trust Fund (self-insured safety group and workers comp administrator) presents Jay Ward with a safety award for 2012. The Ward Lumber team has worked over 2 years without a lost time accident!