OHC was founded on innovation through experience. Since the early 1900’s, each generation has laid the groundwork for the next to excel in hardwood lumber importing and manufacturing. Now run by the third generation of Robinsons, the company’s family-oriented culture continues to seek out innovative solutions within an ancient industry.

1917

Mobile River Sawmill Company founded.

Brothers Lee and Edward Robinson started the family-owned sawmill company by sawing local timber for a wide range of applications.  One of those early niches was flooring for a new mode of transportation destined to replace horse-drawn wagons: flatbed trucks.

1940

Mobile River Sawmill Company looks for Hardwood alternatives to Oak.

With the demand for paper dominating the timber industry in the South, prime hardwood logs were becoming increasingly expensive and more difficult to acquire.  As early as the 1940s, Lee’s son, T. Lee Robinson Sr., began searching elsewhere for hardwoods, including overseas.

1963

Mobile River Sawmill Company was sold to Scott Paper Company.

Estate issues following the death of Edward Robinson led the family to sell the sawmill to Scott Paper Company.  T. Lee Robinson Sr. remained with the sawmill for a few years, but he couldn’t stop thinking about the clear hardwoods that he had seen during his international travels.

1967

T Lee Robinson Sr. founded Overseas Hardwoods Company.

OHC was established to import superior hardwoods from Southeast Asia for the transportation industry. T. Lee realized that Apitong keruing, and other tropical species were stronger, denser, longer-lasting and less expensive than the American hardwoods he previously supplied.

1970

OHC establishes Apitong as the preferred platform trailer flooring.

With a loyal, devoted and experienced manufacturing team, OHC grew into a complete flooring mill with dry kilns, a planer mill and a cut-up plant. They now import more Apitong than anyone in the United States.

1990

OHC gets a US Patent to make full-length trailer flooring.

Full-length trailer flooring revolutionizes the truck flooring industry. OHC uses its patent to build full-length kits with finger-jointed boards the length of the product, which dramatically simplifies the installation process by eliminating virtually all cutting and fitting for the trailer manufacturer in the production line.

2003

OHC buys its first container of Ipe and opens an Outdoor Living division.

Now in its third generation, OHC President Lee Robinson Jr. and VP of Sales Bill Schaffer travel to Brazil to research, inspect, and purchase tropical hardwoods like Ipé, Cumaru, Garapa, and Tigerwood for decking, porch flooring, and other outdoor living applications.

2006

TimberTown USA opened a small lumberyard on Sonny Dr. In Leander, TX.

After 30 years in the building materials industry, Steve Anthony – TimberTown Founder & Partner – started TimberTown USA on a foundation of friendly people, superb service, quality material.

2006

OHC opens an 88,000 sq. ft. warehouse near the Port of Mobile.

After Hurricane Katrina, transport along the river to the Stockton, AL Manufacturing Facility was forced to stop. They instead leased 88,000 sq. ft. of space to house 2.5 million board feet of hardwoods coming in from the Port of Mobile.

2011

OHC opens a sales office in Milwaukee, WI.

As the Outdoor Living division grew, OHC purchased a sales office in the midwest and leased warehouse space to service customers in northern states. In 2017, OHC moved into a larger office and warehouse to better serve its expanding Midwest business.

2012

TimberTown USA merges with OHC and moves to a 30,000 sq. ft. facility in Pflugerville, TX.

Noticing the large volume of hardwoods flowing into the Austin market, OHC decided to strike up a dialogue with Steve Anthony and purchased TimberTown. This allowed the newly formed TimberTown Austin to expand to a larger warehouse.

2014

OHC installs a 10,000 BF kiln and starts the Millwork & Marine divisions.

With the ability to custom kiln dry and machine for any hardwood application, OHC begins importing Meranti, Spanish Cedar, Sapele and Sipo for the Millwork industry, as well as Teak and Marine Grade Plywood for the Marine industry.

2016

TimberTown opens another location just outside of Atlanta in Marietta, GA.

TimberTown Atlanta opened in April of 2016 and is located right off I-75 in Marietta, GA. The Atlanta facility boasts a 45,000 sq. ft. warehouse and the largest indoor decking display in the south.