Locally owned businesses have had a spotlight shown on them in the last few years for many reasons but one of the most important is the fact they employ community members and keep the money within. A perfect example is Mossy Head Lumber Company. It is a family-owned and operated lumber company located in the Mossy Head community of Northwest Florida.
Locally owned and operated businesses may be the minority when compared to big box conglomerates that have infiltrated our communities but that doesn’t mean they aren’t legitimate competitors. In fact, according to BALLE, “An expanding body of literature suggests that locally owned businesses contribute significantly greater benefits than do their absentee-owned counterparts.”
The ILSR says that locally owned businesses rarely move and aren’t interested in taking their operation to Mexico or another foreign company in order to make a higher rate of return. This keeps their doors open for stable employment and feeding dollars back into other local businesses and establishments. That’s why it’s imperative that communities make shopping local a priority. Beside the economic advantage this offers everyone, customer service and appreciation is always a goal of local businesses. That’s an element you don’t always experience in the chain stores and owner-absentee businesses.
Every member of the Mossy Head Lumber family contributes on a daily basis to the success of the company and loves the process of retrieving river and swamp sinker logs. Perhaps what they delight in even more is the unmasking of nature’s artwork in every piece of cypress and other reclaimed wood they mill. Because they share a familial bond with the same goals, the operation runs smoothly and successfully. The Mitchell’s appreciate their customers and show it by going the extra mile to ensure they get a quality product above their expectations. They strive to be a strong locally owned business and cater to their expanded community. The mill custom cuts lumber for individuals, suppliers and builders/contractors. They specialize in sinker cypress, tidewater, new and old growth cypress, pine, walnut and much more.
Make a conscious effort to shop local and support your community and neighborhood. The owners will thrive and the return will be worth it!