Gilbert Lumber Co., The

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Gilbert Lumber Co., The
Type Building Material / Garden Equipment and Supplies
Industry Retail
Fate Dissolved
Founded Smithville, Ohio (1890 (1890))
Founder(s) E. E. Gilbert
Headquarters Southwest corner of Square, Smithville, Ohio, United States
Number of locations 1
Key people E. E. Gilbert, Owner; D. E. Gilbert, Manager
Employees 15 to 22


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Gilbert Lumber Co., The

Live and Progressive Business Enterprises Recently Visited By a Special Correspondent: The Gilbert Lumber Co. [1] E. E. Gilbert, Owner and D. E. Gilbert, Manager, Smithville, Ohio.

E. E. Gilbert the timber buyer has been in the hardwood lumber manufacturing business at Smithville since 1890 and has always specialized in vehicle dimension lumber and still manufacturing wagon rims and sled runner stock which is shipped to various places in Canada and the United States. The mill is equipped with special up to date machinery for the above purpose and also the manufacture special sizes, qualities and kinds of lumber for the large factories in Canton, Akron, Massillon and Barberton. Specialize on quick service, odd sizes and kinds of lumber for the factory trade: also carry a complete line of dry wagon and implement stock and bushel crates for the local trade.

In this period of timber scarcity, the advantage of a stationary saw mill plant to Wayne county is evident in that everything is utilized for some purpose. Nothing goes to waste. Pieces as small as an inch square and twelve inches long are used for furniture manufacturing, the sawdust is shipped by car loads in sacks and loose for use in factories, refuse is burned for power purposes etc. Everything is utilized for some purpose. In a stationary plant like the above where special quick service is available, where the lumber manufactured is manufactured to exact sizes and grades and where everything is sawed and sold, is where the farmer can usually get the most for his timber.

When timber is ready to harvest the object should be to get the most possible out of it both in price to the farmer and use to humanity. No more is gained by not harvesting a timber crop when it is mature than by not harvesting any other crop when it is ready. The Gilbert Lumber Co., operates their mill every day and do nothing but a hardwood manufacturing business. They are always in the market for timber. They employ from 15 to 22 men and the payroll is about $23,000 yearly.


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  • February 16, 1927: "Live and Progressive Business Enterprises Recently Visited By a Special Correspondent: Gilbert Lumber Co.", The Daily Record, p. 9.


  1. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 1927 February 16, p. 9.

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