Sutherlands HomeBase and HomeBase is a fourth-generation family-owned lumber, home improvement and hardware store that has been providing quality building supplies at an exceptional value. We believe in hometown values of providing our customers with the best possible service and quality, while delivering solid value for both our everyday consumer and contractor alike.
Today’s lumber, home improvement and hardware business was originally established in 1917, but our roots can be traced back all the way to 1873 when brothers Hans and John Dierks went into the lumber business in Walnut, Iowa. Although this business was not an initial success, the lumber business entered into my family’s blood and this became our family’s business. In 1917, Robert Sutherland and his wife, Mae Dierks, started the first Sutherlands in Durant, Oklahoma. They sold materials for house patterns, or blueprints as we call them today.
Over the past hundred years and more, we have seen a lot of changes. In the mid-late 1800’s, it took horse drawn wagons and teams of mules throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma to haul hand cut white oak lumber to the Dierks’ lumber mills for processing. As the company expanded in the early 1900’s, the Dierks’ business operation had almost forty million feet of thoroughly-seasoned, hand-sawn lumber ready for trade, that was delivered by logging railroad built on top of Dierks’ white oak railroad ties. Dierks employed over 2000 people, over several states, in woods and in the mills. Over time, road beds were economically constructed and replaced the logging railroads, which allowed more logs to be transported to the mills than ever before.
In 1917, we saw another change. The United States entered World War I and our family answered the call to serve our country. The United States government sought to quickly build up its fleet of ships, and Dierks (Dierks-Blodgett) was commissioned as a ship builder to build the five-masted, cargo-carrying schooners. In May 1918, after nine months of construction, the USS Pascagoula was launched, the first in the Kerris class of ships.
Even though the lumber business has changed significantly over the past 140 years, a few things haven’t changed. Our family has been proud to serve its customers’ needs since 1873. Whether it’s building ships for our country to support the war efforts, or simply serving our everyday customers with deeply rooted hometown family values, we are proud to be your lumber, home improvement and hardware store in a four state region.
We are proud to be part of the community as Sutherlands HomeBase in Texas (Lubbock, Amarillo, and Mineral Wells), Louisiana (Alexandria) and Missouri (Nevada). In Texas (Copperas Cove) and Kansas (Ottawa), we operate as HomeBase.
We take special pride in being able to provide our customers quality lumber, hardware and home improvement products that they need, at a price that they can afford. Combined with knowledgeable employees that are dedicated to helping our customers, we can show you how to “fix it, build it, grow it and do it.” We deliver service to our customers with hometown values and are proud to be part of these great communities.