Celebrating an American Hero and Their New Future Home

Operation Finally Home Participant Southern Lumber and Millwork will Attend a Ground-Breaking Ceremony

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017

TIME:  9:45am

WHERE: 513 Wodin Place, Summerville, SC – Follow signs to home site

About Southern Lumber’s Sponsorship & Participation with Operation Finally Home: Southern Lumber and Millwork Corporation, which was founded in 1940, is a proud sponsor and participant of Operation Finally Home, which is dedicated to providing custom-built homes for America’s military heroes who have sacrificed so much in the defense of our freedoms and values. Operation Finally Home brings together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.

To Learn More About Operation Finally Home visit: OperationFinallyHome.org

To Learn More About the Southern Lumber and Millwork Corporation visit: https://southernlumbermillwork.com/

About Operation FINALLY HOME:  Established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. In 2015 Operation FINALLY HOME celebrated 10 years of providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen, those who have worn America’s uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America’s military heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs—a home to call their own. To find out more, visit OperationFinallyHome.org . At Operation FINALLY HOME, we provide custom-built, mortgage free homes to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen, those who have worn America’s uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. We bring together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.

About Southern Lumber & Millwork Corporation:
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 back yard 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. As the business prospered, it experienced a few growing pains. Quarters became too cramped and lumber was scattered about on nearby leased lots. This situation lasted until plans were drawn for a new plant to be located on King Street on a lot occupying seven acres. The building was completed in September, 1945. In 1961 Mr. Albrecht bought out Mr. Rike, and the company was incorporated in 1964. The business is presently managed by Mr. Albrecht’s daughter and three grandsons. In addition to the Albrechts, there are other family ties among Southern Lumber’s employees. Some of the earliest employees of the company passed their knowledge on to their sons and daughters, who now work at Southern Lumber in sales, bookkeeping, and in the yard. Several employees have been with the company well over 25 years.

The present-day business is still located in the original building constructed in 1945, which was noted for being the building with the “round corners”. In 1995 major renovations were made to the interior of the building, expanding the sales area into the warehouse and creating a showroom for millwork displays. Additional office space was added to the rear of the building. In 2002 and 2010 the showroom was remodeled once again to keep the displays updated.

The company is noted for its custom millwork department and ability to run special moldings. Examples of Southern Lumber’s work can be seen throughout Charleston, including a walkway bridge for Magnolia Gardens, The Citadel’s ring, as well as staircases, columns, entrance frames, custom doors, windows, ornate moldings, and mantels found in several downtown homes and surrounding areas. Shop equipment ranges from machinery now on display in the Smithsonian to modern day molders and other computerized machinery.

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