Southern Lumber & Millwork Corporation, located in Charleston, SC, was organized in 1940 by Herman Albrecht, Jr. With ten years of building materials and millwork experience behind him as well as additional experience as a teacher of carpentry and blueprint reading at Murray Vocational High School, he started a small millwork business in the backyard of his home.
In 1941, Raymond Rike, a former millwork salesman, was offered an opportunity to become a partner in the business. With his years of millwork and selling experience, Raymond was able to take over the estimating and sales work, which allowed Herman to devote his efforts to managing the shop and purchasing inventory. From a modest start in a small waterfront warehouse at 160 East Bay Street, the company enjoyed a strong and steady growth.
Since then, Southern Lumber has continued to grow. We have not forgotten our roots though, and we still handle business the same way Herman did back in 1941. Our customers are still the most important part of our business. We invite you to come experience the Southern Difference today!