Founded by Joe Torrisi, the company started at a small site on Jackson Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1946. Joe recognized the building materials supply opportunity created by the post-World War II building boom. Named Jackson Lumber for the street where it was located, the company quickly outgrew the initial location and moved to Market Street, where they could spread out over an entire city block. Innovative for that time, the property included a drive-through lumber yard and a rail spur to facilitate lumber delivery by rail.
Throughout the ups and downs of the national, regional, and local economy, Jackson Lumber & Millwork enjoyed steady growth under the Torrisi family leadership. Today, the company has a millwork manufacturing facility in Raymond, New Hampshire, lumber yards and retail stores in Amesbury, Massachusetts and Lawrence, Massachusetts, and a state-of-the-art kitchen design showroom in North Andover, Massachusetts. After 30 years at the company helm, Al Torrisi passed control of Jackson Lumber & Millwork to the third generation of family leadership in 2012.
Current Jackson president, Mark Torrisi, is committed to continuing the company mission to “provide customers with quality products, services & solutions on-time and in-full every day.” The Torrisi family management team is known for incorporating innovative business practices in order to produce better outcomes for their customers.
Known as one of the premier building materials and supply firms in New England, Jackson Lumber was recognized in 2014 as the National ProSales Dealer of the Year. After 70 years in business, Jackson Lumber & Millwork and the Torrisi family continue the commitment to give back to their communities and to actively participate in lumber industry associations.
Jay Torrisi, CEO/Treasurer, Al Torrisi, Chairman of the Board, Mark Torrisi, President, and Joe Torrisi, Executive Vice President, celebrate Jackson Lumber & Millwork’s 70th anniversary at an event for employees and retirees on March 12, 2016.