Jim Hicks Sr. established The Timbermen in 1972 to be a timber procurement company for area sawmills and paper mills. In 1978, the company entered the wood products manufacturing industry when it purchased a pallet and crate plant from Leonard Lokey. Soon thereafter, the company began construction of its hardwood sawmill in nearby Warrenton, Ga., sawing its first board in 1979. In 1984, the company purchased land and property from ITT Rayonier in Camak, Ga., at the site of ITT's old sawmill facility. It then moved its headquarters and pallet manufacturing operation to this location where it remains to this day. At the Camak plant, the company also operates a lumber air-drying yard, dry kilns and a planer mill. The planer mill specializes in the production of southern yellow pine lumber. Its sawmill has also made its mark as a producer of high-grade hardwood lumber. The Timbermen has a location in Warrenton.