Skip Navigation

Sign In or Register

West-virginia-encyclopedia-text

SharePrint W. M. Ritter Lumber Company

Ritter_lumber_medium

Incorporated in 1901 by William M. Ritter, the W. M. Ritter Lumber Company quickly became one of West Virginia’s largest lumber and sawmill companies. The company had operations in several counties of West Virginia and in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina. The company grew so quickly that Ritter organized it into four divisions to govern operations in the six states into which his business had spread.

With growth, the company headquarters was moved from Welch to Columbus, Ohio, and then to Roanoke, Virginia. Recognizing that the forests were being depleted, Ritter sought to diversify. In 1923, the company acquired the Red Jacket Consolidated Coal and Coke Company with stores and mines near Matewan and in Virginia. The company stores were sold in 1957 and the coal reserves were leased to the Island Creek Coal Company in 1957. In 1960, the entire Ritter company was sold to the Georgia-Pacific Corporation. In nearly 60 years of operation, the W. M. Ritter Lumber Company sold more than three billion board feet of lumber.

This Article was written by Kenneth R. Bailey

Last Revised on October 22, 2010

Related Articles


Cite This Article

Bailey, Kenneth R. "W. M. Ritter Lumber Company." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 22 October 2010. Web. 21 December 2014.

Comments?

So far, this article has 1 comment.

West Virginia Humanities Council | 1310 Kanawha Blvd E | Charleston, WV 25301 Ph. 304-346-8500 | © 2014 All Rights Reserved

About e-WV | Our Sponsors | Help & Support | Contact Us The essential guide to the Mountain State can be yours today! Click here to order.