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Southland Lumber to Close, Hammered by Film Flight

Southland Lumber & Supply Co., one of the leading suppliers of lumber to the entertainment industry, is shutting down next week after nearly seven decades in business — another casualty of runaway production.


Southland Lumber & Supply Co. is closing after nearly seven decades in business. John Crowell, second from left, and his cousin Susan Harmer own the business. (Credit: LA Times)

The closing of the Inglewood company, founded in 1946, marks the end of an era for one of the industry’s oldest vendors, whose customers include Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures.

“It has become too difficult to keep going with the big features being taken out of state,” co-owner David Crowell said. “It became too much for us to overcome.”

Crowell’s grandfather started the company, which in the late 1970s began selling lumber not only to contractors, but also to studios that needed supplies to build sets for big movies filming in the L.A. area.

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