Jul 06, 2022


Teal Jones would like to congratulate LaDarrius Harrell on his recent promotion to working the edger at the company’s Greentree Lumber mill in Liberty, Mississippi.

LaDarrius started at the mill in 2020 as a manual lumber sorter, and has since been promoted to new roles four times. Diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) as a child, he’s overcome significant challenges to complete high school and find success at the mill.

The new role comes with its own challenges – requiring fast-paced decision-making to ensure a steady flow of lumber is edged effectively as it’s crafted into value-added finished pieces. The mill specializes in producing large timbers from native Southern yellow pine, up to 12×12 inches in dimension and 44 feet long for speciality industrial products such as railway ties, elevated housing, marine seawalls, and foundation piers for both the domestic and export markets.

“I’m trying to improve my work skills, get along with everybody,” the young man said recently. “I will keep growing with the company.”

The support and mentorship of veteran colleagues and mill manager Cody Young have helped LaDarrius learn the skills needed to continue advancing his career – often delivered over coffee and sandwiches during breaks. Young notes LaDarrius is well-regarded for his work ethic and easy-going manner.

Teal Jones purchased the mill in July of 2021. Currently, it is working one shift of 60 employees daily. Teal Jones has plans to double its capacity and add a second shift in the coming months.