About Gutchess Lumber

From timberlands to sawmills to dry kilns, we control the process from start to finish to provide our customers with quality products and exceptional service.

The Gutchess Story

Our roots run deep. Since 1904, Gutchess Lumber has produced the finest quality northern hardwood lumber through our vertically integrated manufacturing facilities across New York and Pennsylvania. Our longevity and reputation is testament to the commitment we made close to 120 years ago, which was to provide our customers with quality products and service.

With seven lumberyards and sawmills, our continued success over the years can be attributed to operating in the heart of the premium growth area for northern hardwoods as well as our unwavering commitment to quality. We maintain this quality by being fully integrated, from timberlands to sawmills to dry kilns. We control the process from start to finish to ensure you always receive the finest quality hardwood lumber available.

As a 5th generation family and employee-owned organization, we continue to strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Over 500 employee-owners are on the job, working diligently to supply customer needs with unsurpassed service daily. They are the reason we put our name on every bundle and why people insist, “Be sure it’s Gutchess.”

Gutchess History

Back to the Beginnings

Gutchess Lumber has its beginnings back in 1904 when George Gutchess built the first mill on his farm in Lapeer, New York. The mill, powered by a wood fired steam system, was geared to supply lumber for the farm communities of the Southern tier of New York state. Oxen and horses supplied the muscle for the skidding of logs to the mill and the movement of lumber to customers.

Clair Gutchess, George’s son, greatly expanded the scope of the original business during his career, which lasted until his death in 1978. “C.B.” operated a number of contract sawmills during the lean years of the depression. He was able to make small profits every year by expanding the customer base and by developing a loyal, dedicated, and hardworking team of employees. C.B. experienced great changes in markets, business conditions, and manufacturing techniques during his 53-year hardwood lumber business career.

Careers at Gutches

If you’d like to join the over 500 employee-owners who make Gutchess “Gutchess,” check out our Careers page.