October Business Of The Month – Kiper Hardware & Lumber Co.

At only 17 years old, Ernest Asa Kiper, Sr. started the business now known as “Kiper Hardware & Lumber Corp.” in 1923, with a little help from his father, Ernest Richard Kiper, and an initial investment of just over $100. The young Mr. Kiper stocked mostly groceries in the early years, but he continuously invested profits in hardware and was able to expand into lumber in 1926. After graduating from LSU, Ernest Jr. joined his father in the family business in 1962 and managed the business for almost 50 years, until his retirement. Today, the business is managed by three members of the third generation, Ernest Asa Kiper, III (Trey), Myles Kiper and Kim Kimbrough, and even employs four members of the fourth generation, Shelby James, Kelly Longoria, Clay Kiper and Carley Kiper. “Kiper’s” has retail stores in Wisner and Winnsboro, carrying a full line of building materials for new construction, remodeling and commercial projects. New items such as Yeti coolers, Lodge cookware and a wide assortment of gift items have recently been added. Kiper’s strives to promote a family atmosphere and friendly, professional service. We appreciate our wonderful team of qualified employees, who serve our customers day in and day out.

 

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