Fast forward some 177 years.
Lumber once again is making history in Metropolis.
Thursday afternoon the Metropolis City Council reconvened its March 25 meeting to announce Land of Lincoln Lumber LLC (LLL) will be expanding its Harrisburg operation to the spec building in Metropolis’ Industrial Park.
In business left from the March 25 meeting, the council suspended the rules to unanimously adopt an ordinance approving a redevelopment agreement between the city and LLL for the property. Alderman David Daugherty was absent from Thursday’s meeting due to work obligations.
Land of Lincoln Lumber is the collaboration of two businesses.
The father-and-son team of George and Jay Herring began their sawmill business in Harrisburg around 1998. James Caudill began his sawmill businesses in 1992 in Kentucky. The two partnered in 2009, bringing together some 75 combined years of experience in the forest production business, ranging from managing and supervising in-field timber cutting, sawmill operations and the milling and processing of specialized industry products.
LLL supplies coal mines in Saline and neighboring southern Illinois counties, along with those in western Kentucky, with cribbing for their underground operations. Cribbing is the framework to support or strengthen a mine or shaft.
In its beginning, LLL was a single-line milling operation producing timber products as a captive provider to a nearby coal mine. Today, it employs over 25 full-time personnel. In 2012, LLL expanded with additional equipment and buildings allowing it to sell over 10 million board feet of completed products.
“Since we brought our resources together, we’ve just skyrocketed,” Jay Herring said.
“We’ve not been in no recession,” Caudill clarified. “We’ve expanded from day one and don’t know how far we can go yet.”
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