History of Rex Lumber
The McRae family has a long history in the lumber business dating back to the early 1900’s in the Quincy, Florida area.
W. D. McRae established Rex Lumber Company in 1926 in Graceville, Florida. The mill started out as a Cypress Sawmill and later became an Oak Flooring manufacturer. The mill operated continuously, except for a brief period during World War II. W. D. McRae died November 27, 1949. Three of the McRae sons, J. C., Wilson and Robert continued to run the business.
J. C. McRae retired in 1969 and sold his interest to Robert McRae’s children – Robert, Jr. (Bob), Finley and Suzanne. Wilson McRae retired in 1971 and also sold his shares to his brother Robert’s children.
In the 70’s, Robert, Sr. with his children, Bob, Finley and Suzanne expanded the Graceville mill with a Southern Yellow Pine Sawmill. In 1980, the McRae family sold Rex Lumber Company to Southwest Forest Industries, which became Stone Container and eventually the mill was sold to U. S. Forest Industries. U. S. Forest ran the mill until the late 90’s.
After the sale of Rex Lumber Company in Graceville, Florida, the McRae family began construction of a brand new Southern Yellow Pine Sawmill, North Florida Lumber, Inc., located in Bristol, Florida in 1980. The mill started production in 1981.
Robert McRae, Sr. died on January 28, 1989.
In 2001, the McRae family bought the Graceville mill in a bankruptcy auction. The new company was named Rex Lumber, LLC after a 20-year intermission. The site has been completely redesigned and modernized into a high volume Southern Yellow Pine Sawmill. Successful operations began in March 2003. The McRae family is indeed happy to be back in Graceville.
In 2006, with the 4th generation entrenched in the business, the future of the lumber companies as family owned and operated businesses was further solidified with C. Finley McRae and children purchasing the remaining interest from Robert F. McRae, Jr. and family.
In 2009, the McRae family purchased a Southern Yellow Pine Sawmill in Brookhaven, Mississippi and they are currently upgrading the facility for improved high quality, high volume Southern Yellow Pine lumber manufacturing.