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History

For five generations, Winell Lee Specialty Mouldings & Hardwoods has grown to become a leading supplier of affordable, custom hardwood materials. From small to large, simple to elaborate, old world to cutting edge, Winell Lee Hardwoods can provide the perfect product for all your building needs.

 

To understand how the company has grown, we have to go back to the 1930s, when Isaac Lee opened a sawmill in Baxter, a small community in Putnam County, Tennessee. His son, Winell Lee, shared his father’s enthusiasm for woodcutting and supplied logs for the mill, then, in 1950, partnered with his father. The birth of the Lee family tradition had begun.

 

Winell’s son, Tony, spent early teenage summers involved in his father’s logging and sawmill business. In 1964, Tony joined full time in the day-to-day operations. In 1968, Winell expanded the sawmill to the Winell Lee Lumber Company, which offered a full line of builders’ supply services. During this time, Tony was involved in the trucking addition and in managing the mill operations. The Winell Lee Lumber Company grew by leaps and bounds. Eventually non-wood products, such as brick and cement supplies, were added. In 1978, Winell’s daughter, Connie, joined the company in sales and accounting operations. Connie has upgraded and updated the accounting system.

 

In 1991 and 1992, Tony’s sons, Shea and Jason, added to the company’s growth with fresh and innovative concepts. Shea expanded the moulding capabilities and Jason computerized the sawmill. The family planned on bringing the operations back to its roots: wood. In 1994, they established Winell Lee Specialty Hardwoods and Mouldings with Connie’s husband, Phil, as Store Manager. Phil’s knowledge in hardware and purchasing opened a new avenue for the company. Tony’s wife and Sales Manager, Jeanie, uses her creativity and vision to help customers realize their hardwood ideas and the company, their marketing capabilities.

 

As each generation before it, today’s Lees are bringing more experience and new energy to the Winell Lee tradition.