Myles Lumber Company was one of many sawmills and wood product industries located in Randolph County, West Virginia, in the last half of the twentieth century. Myles was forced to close the sawmill in 2008, after 59 years of business. A decline of the lumber market due to low housing construction and general decline in the demand for high quality hardwoods was also brought about by furniture customers moving their operations overseas. This film relates company history, activity, and prospects for the future from the viewpoint of the workers themselves as well as commentary by present and former management. The company’s long-term commitment to its workers is evidenced through a profit-sharing plan set up years ago by founder, George Myles. His daughter, “Junebug” Myles, offers her perceptions, experiences, concerns, and the fondness she has for rural West Virginia cultural values and ways. The employees express their dedication, humor, responsibilities, calamities, and history, interspersed with the mechanics of a working sawmill. The film is a testament to the fairness, honesty, and integrity with which the Myles family operated their lumber business. The company still maintains a timber management operation.
Produced by Gerald Milnes and Robert C. Whetsell
Photography and editing by Gerald Milnes
Cover design by Marilyn Palmer Richards
51 minutes, DVD AHDVD-08 $20.00