Our History

The history of Brownlee Lumber is one that is rich with an entrepreneurial spirit and is a true American success story. In 1973, brothers Dan and Charles Brownlee started their own business. The Brownlee brothers entered into the hardwood lumber industry with humble beginnings with the purchase of a log skidder and a log truck. Their hard work and determination paid off and the company grew quickly. Within a few years of operation, the company consisted of multiple logging crews and a fleet of trucks. Working as contractors for area sawmills, the brothers decided it was time to expand the business even further. In 1978, a sawmill was built. Lumber production at the Brownlee sawmill rose steadily, and in 1985 the company expanded by constructing a kiln drying operation to further process material.

Today, BLC is a family-owned and independently operated modern complex of sawmills, dry kilns, and planer mill in the heart of the most beautiful hardwood forests in the world. With a sawmill production capacity of 10 million feet of hardwood lumber annually, Brownlee Lumber has earned a reputation of being the premier supplier of exceptionally high-quality kiln-dried Pennsylvania hardwood lumber in Cherry, Red Oak, White Oak, Soft Maple, Hard Maple, Ash and Poplar. A second generation of the Brownlee family has joined in the management and operation of the company, and is proud to continue the tradition of providing customers with hardwood products of exceptional value. Allow us to show you the Brownlee Difference!