Our beginnings.The company comes from modest beginnings. Bud Hampton purchased his first sawmill in Willamina, Oregon in 1942, initially to supply his lumber business in Tacoma, Washington. Both of Bud’s sons followed him into the business. Charles worked in the company’s sawmill operations while John started a wholesale lumber business, Hampton Lumber Sales (HLS) in 1950.
As the company grew to include forestland and new manufacturing facilities, Bud and his sons developed a deep commitment to people, community, and sustainability. Today those values are the heart of Hampton’s company culture. Now a third generation family-owned company, Hampton has grown to include nine sawmills in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Bud’s grandchildren are still at the helm. Jamey, David, and Elizabeth continue Bud’s commitment to sustainable forests and communities. Today they are joined by over 1,600 employees who help to make Hampton Lumber a sustainable and successful enterprise. In addition to the lumber we produce at our mills, our wholesale business sells lumber throughout the U.S. and our import/export division works with customers world-wide.