LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)—Henry Poor Lumber Company is celebrating 100 years of service. The company was awarded Governor Holcomb's Century or Half Century Business Award.
Tom Andrew is the co-owner of the company with his brother Jay Andrew. The company was purchased by their father Jim Andrew. He purchased the business from his mentor, Henry Poor.
The original name of the company was Ed Munger Lumber Co. Founded in 1918 by Ed Munger and Henry Poor.
"My father purchased it from Frank Taylor, who was the second owner," said Andrew. "So it was Henry Poor, Frank Taylor, my Father, and now it's my brother and me."
Tom and his brother Jay took over co-ownership in 2014, something that wasn't in the plan. Especially when the 2008 recession hit and lasted 4 years.
"We had to close a building," said Andrew. "Everyone took pay cuts. We had to let a lot of people off, that was not fun."
Tom was beginning to lose hope at that time. He graduated from college and realized that working for his father was a great opportunity. Although, he was starting to second guess.
"I'm looking like, why in the world did I get into the Lumber business," said Andrew. "This is not how I remember this at all."
But with perseverance, Tom, his brother and, his father, kept pushing through.
"We made hard decisions, that was tough," said Andrew. "You know you just kind of learn how to operate leaner."
With the losses, came successes. The company expanded, opening a home works and flooring express and now celebrating an award from Governor Holcomb. Which highlights the longevity and service Henry Poor Lumber Company has contributed to the community and state, for 100 years.
"It would be an honor to carry it on for another 100 years," said Andrew.
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