In 1949, Linton N. Tibbetts, OBE purchased half interest in the 6-year old Cox Supply Company (later becoming Cox Lumber Co.) from Mr. T.T. Cox; Mr. Tibbetts’ first real shot at entrepreneurship since arriving in the United States from the Cayman Islands in 1946 after WWII. Twelve years later Mr. Tibbetts purchased the remaining half of the company and set his sights on becoming the largest independently-owned lumber and building materials supplier in the state of Florida and the largest roof & floor truss company in the Southeast United States.
In 2006, the Tibbetts Family sold Cox Lumber Co. to The Home Depot after posting record sales of $396 million in 2005; with 28 locations including 11 truss plants & 15 door plants in Florida & the Cayman Islands. But the Tibbetts Family continued to own & operate Cox Lumber Ltd. in Grand Cayman as well as Tibbetts International, the family’s Caribbean export and freight-forwarding business, located in St. Petersburg.
Then in 2009 the Tibbetts Family and Mr. Tibbetts decided to re-enter the lumber business in Florida by establishing Tibbetts Lumber Co. with one small location in St. Petersburg and big dreams. Today the company has 5 locations in Florida (St. Petersburg, Land O’Lakes, Ocala, Ft. Myers, & Palm Bay), 3 Cox Lumber Ltd. locations in Grand Cayman, & Tibbetts International in St. Petersburg.
The Tibbetts Family is committed to Mr. Tibbetts vision of being the premier building materials supplier in Florida & the Cayman Islands, building strong relationships, providing exceptional customer service, executing ethical business transactions, and recognizing and catering to each customer’s needs and expectations.
We welcome you to Tibbetts Lumber Co. and please let us know how we can be of service to you or your next project!