Hughes Lumber expanding

Hughes Lumber will move its headquarters to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa in 2008, according to a report in the Tulsa (Oklahoma) World newspaper.

The relocation is part of president Robert Hughes' plan to expand the company's port facility from five to 11 acres and will result in Hughes closing its administrative office in south Tulsa and a lumberyard in Owasso, according to the report.

Construction on the port facility begins in January and should be completed by September, the company said.

The Catoosa operation will put Hughes Lumber close to the interstate highway system, Hughes added. The lumber company supplies builders throughout Oklahoma and several neighboring states.

Hughes Lumber began as a hardware store in the early 20th century and became a lumber supplier by 1920. The Hughes family moved the administrative offices to Tulsa in the 1970s and opened a door shop and distribution operation at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa about 10 years ago.

Hughes Lumber employs about 40 people in the Tulsa area, as well as many seasonal workers. Its lumberyards are located in Bartlesville, Muskogee, Stillwater, Enid and Ponca City.