Originally named Houma Brick and Box in 1923, Morrison Home Center was first run by Chester Morrison, Sr who had eight original shareholders then was owned and operated by his son Chester Morrison, Jr upon graduating from LSU in the late 1950’s. In 1937, another local lumberyard began called Terrebonne Lumber owned by M.L. Funderburk. Terrebonne Lumber was later purchased by Robert Vice, Burnelle Landry and Ray Voisin in 1982.
As more businesses started arriving in the area, competition steadily grew and running a business became more and more challenging, so as a way to build business and commonize expenses, the two companies merged together in 1999 becoming Morrison Terrebonne Lumber Center. “The competition really stiffened up in our area in the mid-1990’s,” Doug Gregory explained. “This was a way to capture each other’s strengths.”
David Vice, who has been with the company since 1984, explained that Morrison Home Center was mainly a source for home supplies for the general consumer whereas Terrebonne Lumber was more contractor oriented. “When the two merged, it was a good marriage,” he explained. “We combined both customer bases under one company.”
Keith Voisin said that Morrison had a good inventory like tools, saws, and paint on top of the lumber and building materials they already had in stock. “When I started working at Terrebonne Lumber in 1983, we never had a hammer or a saw, we were strictly a lumberyard.”
The merger allowed these two different businesses and inventories to come together and offer a broader shopping experience for their customers. Greg Landry also came from the Terrebonne Lumber side and worked alongside some of his siblings, but when the merger took place, he was one of the only ones that was still working in the business. While his other siblings went to work for a variety of other companies, Greg decided to stay on and has now been with the company over 40 years.
Doug’s background was in Finance and Accounting and learned the business from the ground up starting with the company almost thirty years ago. “I never really thought I was going to become a part owner until that time came when Mr. Morrison, Mr. Vice and Mr. Landry all decided to retire.” Doug appreciated the bond with his partners which led him to wanting this position and role.
Although everything seems unpredictable in today’s time, they steer forward in providing the needs for their customers so they keep coming back. “At one point in time, deliveries were all done by hand, now we have forklifts on the back of our delivery trucks, and, we used to have to go find a payphone to call in orders from job sites, but now, many of our orders are taken by cell, text or email, but as time goes by, we try to evolve with it,” Greg stated.
Morrison Terrebonne Lumber has so much history and has been an integral business in the Houma area. “Our employees on average have been with us for over ten years and we’ve been very fortunate.” Doug explains. “We have the most knowledgeable sales staff, yard crew and drivers from top to bottom.”
In 2007, they opened Morrison Terrebonne Hardware on St Charles Street to meet the demand for hardware, paint, lawn & garden supplies and outdoor living products for the residents in the Sugar Mill, Summerfield, Barrios, Mulberry, Southdown and surrounding areas.
Morrison Terrebonne Lumber currently also offers installed floors and another is their delivery service that makes it easier for customers to receive their products from different areas.
Since COVID-19, they’ve noticed that the retail side of their business has had an uptick with more and more people doing home-related projects. “We’ve seen a lot of new faces coming in on top of our customers who shop with us regularly,” Doug explained.
In 2011, Morrison Terrebonne merged into Central Network Retail Group which is a multi-format retailer operating over 100 hardware stores, home centers and lumber yards throughout sixteen states across the US. However, you can still find local smiling faces standing by to serve you.