Congressman Childers Visits J.T. Shannon Lumber Co.

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U.S. Rep. Travis Childers visited the J.T. Shannon Lumber Company as part of his "Jobs and the Economy Tour." The hardwood lumber company has steadily employed Mississippi families despite the recession, and is committed to ongoing green manufacturing initiatives.

The Congressman learns more about the company's hardwood flooring products.

It was good for Congressman Childers to see that we are good stewards of the forest and that we do value our raw materials and our products.

U.S. Rep. Travis Childers visited the J.T. Shannon Lumber Company as part of his “Jobs and Economy Tour” of Mississippi's First District. The Congressman chose to visit the 30-acre hardwood flooring manufacturer because of its steady employment numbers and green initiatives.

Since its arrival in DeSoto County in 1982, J.T. Shannon Lumber Company has been a consistently strong part of the local economy. "We're proud to see people like Mr. Shannon (President/CEO Jack T. Shannon, Jr.) and his family employ 170 families," said Childers, in a statement to the Commercial Appeal. "Not only that, he's producing a unique product, somewhat of a specialty product, quite frankly, and to be producing it in our state." In addition to employing local labor, J.T. Shannon Lumber Company also uses lumber from local hardwood sawmills, including a facility located in Childers' home county of Prentiss, MS.

International Sales Manager Jack Shannon III, Executive Vice President Jim Garrard and General Manager Rudy Weaver accompanied the congressman on his tour of the facility, and explained the company's commitment to green practices. “There's a lot of misconceptions about the lumber industry,” said Weaver, who has been with J.T. Shannon Lumber Company for over 14 years, “but it was good for Childers to see that we are good stewards of the forest and that we do value our raw materials and our products."

“Hardwood floors are a highly sustainable resource,” adds Shannon. “They last for decades with minimal care. When you factor in our low-waste manufacturing processes, they are a very environmentally friendly choice.”

J.T. Shannon Lumber Company was established in 1982 by J.T. Shannon and his son, J.T. Shannon, Jr. It is a part of the five-generation Shannon family lumber business, the Shannon Lumber Group, which also encompasses Shamrock Plank Flooring, Superior Hardwoods, and Shannon Lumber International. The company is headquartered in Memphis, and specializes in high quality Southern and Appalachian hardwoods, such as red and white oak, ash, hickory, poplar and walnut.

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