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Great Southern Wood

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Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc.
Founded 📆1970
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️Abbeville, Alabama, U.S.
Area served 🗺️
Key people
James W. Rane, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark Callender, Chief Operations Officer
Revenue$1 billion USD (2017)
Number of employees
1,200 (2017)

Great Southern Wood Preserving, Incorporated based in Abbeville, Alabama, is a manufacturer of lumber products and distributor of building products servicing Do-It-Yourself retail home centers, pro dealers, and other retail building-related and industrial segments. Founded in 1970, Great Southern Wood has 14 plants located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas.[1] The company services a coverage area that stretches from the Florida Keys to Texas to Canada, an area that includes all or parts of 28 states and the District of Columbia.[2]


Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc. was founded in 1970 near Dothan in Abbeville, Alabama, and today is one of the largest producers of lumber in both the United States and the southeast United States.[citation needed] The company was founded by James W. Rane and has grown from one facility to 14.[2]

In 1976 the company opened its second lumber production facility in Mobile, Alabama.[citation needed]


  1. Great Southern Wood's Plants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rebman, Stephanie (15 November 2019). "Out & About: Photos from the Newcomen Society's event honoring Jimmy Rane and Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc". Birmingham Business Journal. Retrieved 8 September 2020.

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