About Us

A regional lumber and building materials pro-dealer committed to being a people-focused workplace.

Our Story

For over 75 years, we’ve built our name on service and quality you can trust. Henson Building Materials – Your Hometown Building Supply.

Henson Building Materials was established in 1938. Our locations are in Forest City, Black Mountain, and Linville, serving the Western North Carolina region, and in 2012, we expanded our services to Upstate South Carolina with our newest location in the Tryon/Landrum area. We offer a full line of building materials, tools, and hardware for professional contractors, remodelers, and do-it-yourself homeowners. 

Making People our Focus

Honoring Family Business

Centering our Efforts on Customers

Celebrating Local Communities


Around 1938, Wright Bauchman Lumber Company out of West Virginia purchased 25,000 acres in Golden Valley, Rutherford County, NC. They would lose one horse a day due to the land being so rough. They organized a sawmill on Duke Street in Forest City, building five “huts” beside the planer building (a process of trimming down the wood to dimensional sizes). One of the huts was used as a kitchen in which one man cooked all day for the workers. The other four huts were overnight lodging for the workers who worked on the Golden Valley property. A Mr. Carl Henson, a sawmill operator from Tennessee, was hired on as the Manager of the sawmill that had yet to have a name.

In 1951, the sawmill was named Henson Timber Products. Later, in the mid 1980’s, Henson Timber Products changed the name to Henson Building Materials.

Surviving past recessions in the housing market industry, Henson Building Materials still thrives in serving Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina with high quality building materials at competitive prices.

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