Shiver Lumber was opened in Americus, GA on April 1, 1900 by John Willis Shiver Sr. and his mother. In the beginning we operated as a lumber brokerage business. Soon thereafter a saw mill, logging operation, planing mill, dry kiln, manufacturing facility of doors, windows, and millwork as well as a construction company was added.
Our lumber and other building materials were first delivered by wagons pulled by mules. Our logging operation employed the use of oxen. We supplied lumber and building materials all over Middle and South Georgia and to many of the businesses and homes throughout the area. Sales for the first year of business was $10,000 and employed five people. At one point there were over one hundred people employed in all phases of the business.
The second generation, J “Willis” Shiver Jr. and his brother Merritt took over management of the company right after coming through “The Great Depression”. Being patriotic Americans, we were honored to have secured a contract with the U.S. Navy in World War II to supply wooden boxes and crates.
In the early 1960’s, the business became more of a retailer of lumber, building materials, hardware, paint and floorcovering. The saw mill, planing mill, and most of the manufacturing was phased out.
The third generation, John “Johnny” Willis Shiver III took over as the manager in 1985 when the company computerized its operations and upgraded the lumber yard with a 40,000 square foot steel and concrete drive thru lumber storage facility. As the industry progressed, so did Shiver Lumber moving forward from mule drawn wagons to diesel trucks with piggyback forklifts.
The fourth generation, James Wade Shiver, like all the previous Shiver’s before him, began working here in his early teen years and rejoined the team full time after graduating college in 2009. Shortly thereafter Shiver Lumber expanded their product offerings by becoming a dealer for Redwing, Irish Setter, Ariat, and Georgia Boots, Carhartt clothing, and the Big Green Egg. In 2013 Shiver Lumber again expanded operations to include Construction Rental Equipment.
2014 saw Shiver Lumber expanding under the leadership of Wade Shiver who spearheaded the opening of a second location in Leesburg, GA, primarily serving the builders, large remodelers, and commercial contractors in the surrounding counties.
In 2015, the Americus store added another line of product offering, the Nutrena Animal Feed line of products.
Shiver Lumber first attributes its success and longevity to THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. We are forever grateful for HIS love, mercy, salvation, and blessings. Our second reason for our success and longevity is from treating our customers with courteous, dependable service by employing some of the best people on earth, who become quality long-term employees. We have had many great employees since our beginnings in 1900, many with 20 years or more of service.
We have had four recipients of the industry recognized Estwing’s Golden Hammer Award given to those with at least 50 years of service in the building materials and hardware industry.
J. Willis Shiver Jr, second generation owner, retired with over 70 years of service. Alfred Dupree, our Floorcovering Department Manager, retired with 54 years of service. Robert Eubanks, our Millwork and Cabinet Shop Manager retired with over 52 years of service. Jeff Cavender, celebrated 50 years of service in May of 2018 as our Contractor Sales Manager.