We are RoyOMartin.
Our name embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of timber industry pioneer and family patriarch Roy O. Martin, Sr., who began the family’s first business with a small sawmill in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1923. Today, we are one of the several wholly owned, professionally managed subsidiaries of Martin Sustainable Resources L.L.C., a mid-sized equity investment company privately held by multiple generations of the Martin family with an ardent commitment to sustainability.
We are an established American company, using only domestic raw materials in the manufacture of our superior wood products. We bear the mantle of the Martin family’s 94-year reputation as a timber industry leader. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our employees now and for generations to come.
Roy Otis Martin of Edwardsburg, Michigan, purchases Creston Lumber Mill in Alexandria, Louisiana, for $32,000. He names it Roy O. Martin Lumber Company.
Roy aggressively begins purchasing land, with the mantra, “Buy land and hold land because they don’t make any more land.” His first major land purchase is the Black Lake timber block, comprised of 6,500 acres. Due to this vision, Martin Timberlands L.L.C. practices sustainable forestry on its nearly 600,000 acres of timberland.
The sawmill in Castor, Louisiana, opens. Operating on thriftiness, Roy buys all equipment secondhand. Roy’s eldest son, Ellis, takes a year off from high school to help build the mill, sleeping in a ramshackle back office with only an Aladdin lamp and lumber-supply catalogs for entertainment.
Tragedy strikes as the Castor mill burns to the ground. Out of the ashes, opportunity for Ellis arises, as Roy makes one of his most significant decisions: placing Ellis in charge of rebuilding and operations. Ellis begins his new role on the eve of World War II, embarking upon a career that will span 60 years.
Dawn of a New Era
Rather abruptly, Roy tells his second son, Roy Jr., to go home and put on a suit and return to the mill. Thus, Roy Jr. learns he is now president of the Martin family business.
Family patriarch Roy Sr. dies on February 23 at the age of 82.
Ellis becomes president of the family business. The Fenner Street sawmill, the original 1923 purchase, is sold.
Production begins in LeMoyen, Louisiana, at the family’s first oriented strand board (OSB)-manufacturing plant. Under the management of Ellis’s son, Jonathan, it is the first OSB plant in the South. Construction of an adjacent sawmill begins, which will open in 1984.
Jonathan succeeds Ellis as president and CEO of the family business, while Roy Jr.’s son, Roy III, becomes secretary-treasurer. The Martin Foundation is established.
In Chopin, Louisiana, the first major facility under Jonathan’s and Roy’s leadership—the plywood-manufacturing plant—begins production. Roy III is named executive vice president and CFO.
A 21st Century Organization
A beautiful new home-office headquarters opens in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Timberland-management operations attain certification by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). FSC® certification of products will come later.
Jonathan becomes chairman and CEO, while Roy III is named company president. For the first time in company history, a non-family member ascends to the executive team as E. Scott Poole attains the role of senior vice president and COO.
A state-of-the-art southern yellow pine OSB-manufacturing plant begins production in Oakdale, Louisiana.
In partnership with another local employer, RoyOMartin enters the healthcare business with the state’s first employer-sponsored, patient-centered medical home in Alexandria.
At 232 years old, the state champion loblolly pine tree dies in LaSalle Parish. RoyOMartin presents to the State of Louisiana a ring, or cookie, from this 157-foot-tall pine that survived the Civil War, both World Wars, moon landing, and 9/11. The donation is made for the state’s bicentennial celebration.
RoyOMartin’s wholly-owned subsidiary has ventured outside the home state of Louisiana and will open a pine OSB-manufacturing facility in Corrigan, Texas.