The E. W. Godwin family first settled in Duplin County, near Ryan’s Crossroads (now Penderlea area) and set up their first sawmill.

By 1909, E. W. Godwin & Sons lumber business was actively providing building materials to the local Wilmington and Cape Fear market.

In the 1950’s Edward’s sons, Julian, James, and Ebe were the third generation to take an active company role. They were learning about judging timber quality, buying and selling in an international market, and finding more quality products to sell to their customer base. Delivery trucks were added and sales expanded to more of eastern NC; from Shallotte to New Bern. Since the business property adjoined Smith Creek to the Cape Fear River, even shipping materials by water was possible. 

By 1959, Godwin’s had their own sawmill, dry kiln, and stacker machinery. A railroad track traveled right to our mill yard and was instrumental in shipping and receiving materials as the company grew. Almost daily shipments of roofing, cement, brick, gypsum board, and raw lumber arrived at our company site. 

Today, there are several family shareholders, including 5 family board members from the fourth generation of Godwins. We currently have 4 active family personnel working for E.W. Godwins’ Sons, Inc.; one of those is a fifth generation member. The company has about 30 employees covering inside and outside sales, loading and delivery, purchasing, accounting and management.  This hard working group of employees truly is the key to enduring success. Although the products and customers have changed and grown over the past 100 years, the quality of materials sold and our dedication to good service remains constant.

Some of our ongoing customer relationships include the movie studio in Wilmington, homeowners on Bald Head Island, many local general contractors of all sizes, UNCW, and Sunny Point. We also sell directly to the public during regular business hours as always.

Come see us for your building needs. We will take care of you.