The Laird Norton Company was started in 1855, when William Harris Laird and his cousins Matthew G. Norton and James Laird Norton founded a small milling operation in the Midwest. Over the next 150 years, the company evolved from milling and manufacturing to timberlands and forest products to building products and distribution, making Laird Norton one of the progenitors of the American forest products industry.

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