The Saroyan Story

True To Our Roots


Founded by Sue Saroyan

Our Story 1

Sue Saroyan founds Saroyan Lumber Company with the help of her son Richard Saroyan.


Moving Up

Our Story 2

After some considerable success, Sue and Richard move Saroyan Lumber Co. to its first lumber yard on 3000 Exposition BLVD in Los Angeles.


Family Business

Our Story 3John Saroyan, Richard’s son, joins the family business and begins to build the company into a premier manufacturer of various hardwood products.  John is currently the owner and President of Saroyan Hardwoods.


Fraternity Brothers

Our Story 4Robert Lemke, a fraternity brother of John’s from their years together at the University of Southern California, joins the business.  Robert now serves the company as its Vice President and General Manager.


Largest mill for premium hardwood products


Saroyan Hardwoods Southern California Headquarters

John Saroyan moves the business to its current address of 6230 South Alameda Street, Huntington Park, CA.  This location would soon become the largest mill for premium hardwood products West of the Mississippi and the corporate headquarters for a fast-growing company.


Plytech Corporation

Our Story 5Plytech Corporation, a business originally founded to manufacture architectural and fine furniture plywood, is opened for business in Temecula, CA.


Move to Kentucky

Our Story 6 Plytech Corporation moves from Temecula, CA to Glasgow, Kentucky to better serve the East Coast and Mid West.  At this point, Plytech began to manufacture premium engineered hardwood flooring in addition to custom hardwood paneling.


Northern California Expansion

Saroyan Lumber Co. opens its first location outside of Los Angeles in an effort to meet the vast hardwood demands of the Bay Area.
Our Story 7


Eldest Son

Our Story 8John Richard Saroyan, John’s eldest son, joins the family business full time.


New location in San Marcos, CA

In the middle of the Great Recession, Saroyan Lumber Co. decides to open up a location in San Marcos, CA to service all of San Diego County.  This location focuses heavily on the cabinet and contractor trades.
Our Story 9


New location in Fresno, CA

Targeting Central California, Saroyan Lumber Company opens the doors to its newest location in Fresno, CA.
Our Story 10


Youngest Son

Our Story 11Jeff Saroyan, John’s youngest son, joins the family business full time after graduating from the University of Southern California.

Saroyan Hardwoods

Our Story 12Saroyan Lumber Company officially changes its name to Saroyan Hardwoods, a name that better reflects the offerings of a company that has come a long way since 1947.





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