Burton Lumber Through the Years
Since 1931, the history of Burton Lumber Corporation has been closely tied to the growth of the Mid-Atlantic region. Originally founded by George H. Burton Sr., prior to World War II, the direction of the company was later taken over by his son George H. Burton Jr. the man who guided Burton Lumber for over six decades. In the early days of the company, the Chesapeake plant was actually a sawmill and millwork shop, manufacturing its own sawed lumber from local sources, then kiln-drying and machining the finished product.
Burton Lumber Corp.'s Chesapeake Plant Circa 1950's
George H. Burton Sr. (1883-1952)
Then in 1974 a catastrophic fire took place in the Chesapeake plant - a fire that demolished much of the machinery and forced Burton to consider closing the entire operation.
In addition, one of the best millwork shops on the East Coast emerged from the nucleus of highly skilled mechanics from the pre-fire operation. The operation was headed by Llyod Burton, George's brother. The millwork shop eventally evolved into a pre-hung door factory after Lloyd's retirement. Today, Burton Lumber Corp. is headed by George H. Burton III - President along with his son George Bryce Burton - VP. Burton Lumber continues to grow and evolve into a material supplier of the future.
In 1985, Burton Lumber opened Burton Window & Door Center in Kill Devil Hills, NC to meet in increasing demand of window and door products on the Outer Banks. This Operation has boomed over the years with the growth of the NC Coastline due to our expert staff.
Instead, the fire put an end to the sawmill and lumber manufacturing side of the buisiness and opened the door for Burton Lumber to become a full-scale wholesaler and distributor of national brand building products.
The future of Burton Lumber Corp. is wide open as we continue to grow and service new areas and offer new products and services. Come and see what we can do for you!
Burton Lumber Corp.'s Chesapeake Plant Today
Burton Window and Door - Kill Devil Hills, NC