Ward Lumber Added to New York’s Historic Business Register




Ward Lumber is one of the top 100 companies selected for the New York State Historic Business Preservation Registry.

Jay, NY – New York Senator Dan Stec (R, C-Queensbury) presented CEO Jay Ward and Ward Lumber workers with the official state certificate honoring the company for being added to the Business Preservation Registry histories of New York State. The registry was launched earlier this year, and Stec’s nominee Ward Lumber is one of the top 100 companies selected for the honor.

“I would like to congratulate Ward Lumber for being added to the New York State Historic Business Preservation Registry,” said Stec. “From its beginnings in the AuSable Valley in 1890 to the present day, Ward Lumber has become a cornerstone of this region. Between its rare status as a worker-owned co-op and its history of volunteerism and contributions to Jay and Malone, Ward Lumber is well deserving of this honor.

“We are humbled and honored to be one of the first North Country businesses to be recognized as a New York State Historic Business,” said Jay Ward. “After 132 years and four generations of Ward family ownership, I am privileged to continue to lead Ward Lumber now as CEO in the next chapter of our long history as a worker-owned co-op. The goal is for Ward Lumber to continue for at least another 130 years.







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