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OUR HISTORY

With humble beginnings, our growth and milestones detailed below are a testament to all the hardworking men and women who have made Anthony Timberlands and our family of companies what they are today.  Look below to follow our journey throughout the past 110 years.

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1907
Garland Anthony takes ownership of the tiny Harlow sawmill, just east of Bearden, Arkansas.

1920
Garland Anthony and his brothers (Frank, Will, and Oliver) join together to form a much larger sawmill in Hopeville, Arkansas.

1930s
Through a combination of partnerships throughout Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana, Garland Anthony is reputed to be the largest independent lumber producer in the United States.

1935
Edwin Anthony Lumber Company forms and begins purchasing Ouachita County timberland, becoming a significant part of Anthony family timber holdings

1946
Bearden Lumber Company is formed, becoming the flagship mill of Anthony manufacturing operations.

1961
Edwin “Ted” Anthony, oldest son of Garland Anthony dies.  Ted’s son, John Ed, at age 22 assumes management of Anthony mills.

1967
Bearden Lumber Company builds a new, technologically advanced modern sawmill.

1971
Bearden installs a small log processing chip-n-saw, one of only two in the state.

1976
ATI purchases pine sawmills in Malvern, and Benton, Arkansas.

1981
ATI purchases the Beirne hardwood sawmill from International Paper Company.

1985
James R. (Rick) Green joins ATI as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

1985
ATI purchases 35,000 acres of timberland in Clark County and Hot Spring County, Arkansas.

1988
Anthony Wood Treating, Inc., is formed and constructs a wood-treating facility in Hope, Arkansas.

1994
JEA Lands Limited Partnership is formed to consolidate the timberlands holdings of John E. Anthony.

2005
Anthony Hardwood Composites is formed and constructs a hardwood laminating facility in Sheridan, Arkansas.

2004
Steven M. Anthony named President of Anthony Timberlands, Inc.

2003
In a series of transactions, Anthony family entities purchase 35,000 acres from International Paper Company.

2007
The Anthony family celebrates 100 years in the sawmill business.

2012

Chairman, John Ed Anthony, elected to the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

2013
Anthony Oak Flooring is formed through the purchase of the Partee Flooring Mill in Magnolia, Arkansas.

2017
ATI purchases Duke hardwood sawmill in Magnolia, Arkansas

2018

ATI purchases Watson Sawmill, Inc. in Mount Holly, Arkansas

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