William B. Wood was amongst the first to recognize a necessity for space along the Mississippi River to properly secure barges awaiting access elevators and docks, and in 1953, along with his partners, he established one of the first barge fleets on the Lower Mississippi River.
His sons, Donald, and Glenn would follow in his footsteps, and by 1975, they further expanded 15 miles of barge fleeting between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, amassing several towboats, a fuel distributorship (Point Landing Fuel), and New Orleans Shipyard.
In time, the Wood brothers would buy out their partners and further expand operations into sand dredging and river sand sales, providing the foundation materials that would impact the future growth of Louisiana’s infrastructure.
By the 1980s Donald and Glenn had parted ways, making way for Donald’s three children, Sarah Louise Wood Ham, Donald Wood, Jr., and Pearce Wood to join the family business. As a family, they developed new barge fleets, built new towboats, added sandpit locations, expanded the range of construction aggregate materials for sale, installed ship mooring berths, and began maintenance dredging—all endeavors that together sustained business growth for decades.
With the addition of Sarah Louise’s two oldest children, Caroline Ham Zimmermann and Hunter Ham, Wood Resources becomes a 4th-generation family-owned, family-operated enterprise. After all these many years, we continue to value our extended Wood family. It is with an impassioned commitment to culture for the many generations of family members working alongside one another that when we say “family” we mean “you.” Words we live by, and the very values that define us.
We remain proud of dedicated skilled employees and our professional leadership team and know that because of this family, Wood Resources has excelled for nearly 70 years, providing the very best of services and materials along the Mississippi River and Gulf South Region and for the future of all of Louisiana.