Claremore Daily Progress

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September 22, 2013

Pixley Lumber Company celebrates 50 years

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CLAREMORE —

There will be clowns, magicians, face painting, and a flyover by Joe Bacon of Pryor, in honor of Warren Pixley’s World War II military service. There will be a chain saw carver, a BB gun range manned by J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum and dunk tank with an opportunity to dunk Alma Chancy, door plant manager, and Mark Pixley.
Free hamburgers and hot dogs are on the menu from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., thanks to Cedar Creek Wholesale, an important vendor.
Patricia Pixley, matriarch of the family, will be on hand to share in the occasion, as will other members of the Pixley clan not active in the company; Joe and John and their families, and Ruth Stone and her family.
The company has grown from the time Warren moved his growing family into a tiny house between the old Lucky and Star Motels on the Highway 66 access road, to the move into a new home in the Marlar Addition on 16th Street.
The lumberyard move to present location at 715 West Will Rogers Boulevard in 1971 was a massive investment and business undertaking, with 7,560 square feet of floor space, 9,000 feet of warehouse with racks, and additional storage above offices. 
Additional storage means all lumber under one roof as well as updating the retail area, technical capabilities and adding employees.
The company now boasts 46 employees and the latest in technical equipment and late model vehicles and loading aids.
Warren Pixley, who died in 2003, was active in the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, served as a director of Rogers County Bank, and was a leading supporter of formation of Claremore Junior College, later Rogers State University, Rogers County Homebuilders, Zebra sports, and professional organizations. Mrs. Pixley served as a member of the college board of regents.
Warren shared a passion with his wife for Meals on Wheels, a program in which she continues to be active.

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