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September 22, 2013

Pixley Lumber Company celebrates 50 years

CLAREMORE —

The big “50” might strike fear in the hearts of some. But to Pixley Lumber Company, turning 50 this year is a time for celebration, a big celebration. 
Paul Pixley, second generation leader of the company, said it is also a time of sharing the successes of five decades with others in the Claremore community. And especially those, like him, whose family business dates back 50 years or more with continued active involvement by founding family members.
The late Warren Pixley, company founder, was always about service; service to his customers and to his community. That philosophy continues, says Paul, whose sons, Chris and Mark, are third generation company associates. His sister, Mary Pixley Warden, is also associated with the company. 
To say service to customers was a priority could go back to the first sale made from that abandoned Long Bell Lumber yard. It was purchased with the help of Warren’s brother, Paul, then a Chelsea lumber dealer.
Jim Casey, the company’s first employee, was hosing down the new site when a man stopped by and asked if they had hoses for sale. Paul says the story goes that Warren told Casey to drop everything and rush to Wilson Hardware (about a block away on the corner of Will Rogers and Missouri), buy a hose and sell it to the man for just what he paid for it.
“That was the first sale,” said Paul, but set a precedent for the future of the company, even to a time when, to meet customer needs, they became their own supplier of pre-hung wood and steel door units at their own “Door Plant.”
The doors to Pixley Lumber Company at 220 N. Missouri were opened in October of 1963. 
To memorialize this time and to pay tribute to others with a business heritage in the Claremore community, Pixley Lumber will host a family event on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to share with the public and Pixley customers. 

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