Hanford Lumber's History

Building Toronto for almost a century...
Clair Hanford Price,founder of Hanford Lumber

In 1955, Clair Hanford Price founded a lumber company in Toronto called Hanford Lumber. Mr. Price’s passion for the lumber industry was rooted in his upbringing in New Brunswick, where his large family played an active role in the lumber business. They opened a yard in Montreal and then expanded in Ontario where they established six other lumber yards in Toronto, Hamilton, Whitby, Scarborough, London and Oshawa. The family also owned a logging mill in Haliburton, Ontario.

A few years later, Mr. Price opened a lumber yard at 45 Bethridge Road in Toronto, which he called Hanford Lumber. Most notably, his company supplied timber and lumber for the construction of Toronto’s very first subway system on Yonge street. Today, Mr. Price’s granddaughter Wendy Rigby runs the company according to the original vision of her grandfather: supplying timber, lumber, plywood, and other building materials to a diverse customer base across Southern Ontario and beyond.

Hanford Lumber is one of the last Canadian independent family owned lumber yards in Ontario. Our long history of supplying materials for many major construction projects across Ontario include: the ROM, the AGO, Toronto Pearson Airport, The Shangri-La Hotel, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Fallsview Casino, The National Holocaust Monument, Bell Lightbox, New Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Humber River Hospital, Union Station, the Don Valley Parkway bridge, the City of Toronto Boardwalk, and the Enercare Center just to name a few.

For more than sixty years, Hanford has provided long-standing service to construction establishments across Ontario and to a variety of individual consumers as well. Our company has established its reputation for excellence by providing the highest quality products at a competitive price, while also ensuring reliable delivery and exceptional sales support. Our team, many of whom have over 25 years of experience in the industry, are able to provide our customers with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.


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