Company History

JS Purcell Lumber Corp. (Original Store)J.S. Purcell Lumber Corporation has been providing quality lumber and building materials and friendly, knowledgeable service to Louisa County and surrounding areas since 1914. Mr. J. S. Purcell began the store in its present location in the town of Louisa. The store began as a general mercantile store, with a grist mill, feed, and lumber, and later expanded to include a sawmill and two wholesale distribution yards. John Samuel PurcellIn 1949, a devastating fire broke out, and destroyed the entire operation. J. S. began rebuilding the very next day, and continued to oversee the operation until his death in 1961.

Bessie W. PurcellIn 1961 Bessie W. Purcell, J.S.’ wife, assumed duties and incorporated the business in 1964. The wholesale business was ceased and primary focus was given to retail building materials. She managed the business until her death on December 25, 1970.

J. Gerald PurcellMr. J. G. Purcell, J. S.’s son, took over as President and ran the operation until his death in 1978. During his tenure, J. S. Purcell Lumber Corporation continued in the retail and contractor building supply business.

In 1978, Mr. John J. Purcell, Jr., the third generation, began running the business and retired in 1999. Many changes and developments took place during this time frame, such as joining the Do It Best Corporation co-op, computerization, expanding equipment investment, and adding a tool rental department.

John & David PurcellIn 1999, David M. Purcell, the fourth generation, assumed President from his father and continues to oversee the business today. During David’s leadership, added yard space has enabled the business to offer more products than ever before. In addition, Purcell has added an outside sales division, expanded delivery fleet, and increased the use of computerization and technological advancements to improve inventory management.

J. S. Purcell Lumber Corporation currently has approximately 20 employees and is proud to continue serving Louisa and surrounding counties. Purcell Lumber is also proud to demonstrate community spirit and support through various local donations, including: Habitat for Humanity, Louisa County Public School System (materials donations to several school affiliated organizations and departments), Louisa County Arts Center, Louisa County Community Chorus, Little League, and many other charities.

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138 West Street
PO Box 426
Louisa, VA 23093
540-967-2614 (Fax)

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Sat. 8:00am-12:00pm

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