For over 80 years, Pearce Lumber Company has been serving North Central Louisiana with quality building products. In June of 2016, we relocated to a new state of the art facility at 1032 Burgessville Road, just off Highway 33.
In 1926, T. J. Pearce moved his wife and six children to Ruston so the children could attend college at Louisiana Tech. He ran a sawmill on the south side of West California Avenue until 1936 when he decided to open a retail lumberyard after minimum wage went into effect. He felt you could no longer run a sawmill paying such high wages. His new business was located across the street on the property that had the old city mule barn on it. This provided storage for his lumberyard. Reeves and Jacob, his sons, worked in the business as teenagers and college students. After they had graduated from Louisiana Tech and served their country in World War II, they both returned to Ruston to work at the lumberyard. In the 50’s Pearce Lumber was incorporated as T. J. Pearce & Co., Inc., and Reeves and Jacob took control of the business.
In 1981 Jim Pearce, Reeves’ son, and Cary Alsup, Jacob’s son-in-law, began working fulltime in the business. In 1986 they sold the business to Jim and Cary. Reeves and Jacob continued to work part time at the lumberyard where they enjoyed helping many customers with their projects.
Jim grew up working at the lumberyard, is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and is married to Sherri Barr Pearce. Cary, a native of Pineville, attended Louisiana Tech and is married to Marty Pearce Alsup.
Pearce Lumber is in its third generation of family ownership and has the fourth generation active in management. Many family members have worked and continue to work in the business. Daniel Alsup, a Louisiana Tech Alum, heads up Contractor Sales. Ben Alsup is also active in the business. Jim’s wife, Sherri, is the bookkeeper and has been for the past 30 years. Pearce Lumber has and is still today truly a local family business.
T. J. Pearce started the business with the philosophy to give the customer a good product at a fair price, provide good service and to treat everyone fairly and honestly. It is this same philosophy that we strive to serve our customers with each and every day.
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