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A strong entrepreneurial spirit has guided Hood Industries from its beginning three decades ago. That's not all that remarkable - all great companies begin with a vision and a willingness to takes risks to achieve it. What is remarkable is the willingness of the company's management from the very beginning to extend the challenges - and rewards - of entrepreneurship to each and every employee.

This unique approach has created an atmosphere that fosters trust, integrity, and accountability to our customers, each other, and the environment. Hood Industries' history chronicles the success of this philosophy in the company's growth.


Plywood Manufacturing Plant in Wiggins, MS.
Hood Industries was created in 1983 with the acquisition of a plywood manufacturing mill in Beaumont, Mississippi. The company continued to grow in the late 1980s with the acquisition of two lumber manufacturing plants in Waynesboro, Mississippi and Coushatta, Louisiana and a plywood mill in Wiggins, Mississippi.

With these four plants, Hood Industries enjoyed phenomenal growth, particularly in the early 1990s. Because of this growth it was decided to add a broader strength to the company by balancing the manufacturing endeavors with acquisitions in the distribution industry.

In 1995, they purchased the McEwen Lumber Company from International Paper. A century-old distributor of specialty wood products, McEwen had twelve centers along compass points that stretched from High Point, North Carolina to Delray Beach, Florida and west to Memphis, Tennessee. They later added two more centers from an acquired company in Arizona.

In 1998, Hood Industries had the opportunity to acquire another specialty distributor, this time in the New England area. The McQuesten Company provided quality wood products for builders as far north as Maine and as far south as New York. After some consolidation, McQuesten now serves New England with three profitable operation centers.

Today, Hood Industries employs over 1,100 people through both its manufacturing and distribution divisions. While the two divisions have vastly different approaches and markets, they share a common mission: to provide our customers with the best combination of quality products and services, creating an enduring relationship based on value.