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Laird Norton About Us

Laird Norton Company family tree.

About Laird Norton Company

The Strength of Eight Generations 

We are a diversified company that is investing for the future. Family-owned for eight generations, we are intentional and patient, deriving strong returns by actively and strategically investing in private businesses and real estate. 

Since 1855

The Laird Norton Legacy

Laird Norton began in 1855 as a frontier logging operation in the Midwest and has evolved into one of the longest-standing family companies in the United States. Built upon generations of success in the lumber and building materials industry, we have transformed ourselves into a diversified family enterprise that invests in promising private companies and real estate.

Laird Norton Yards certificate of incorporation and a wooden gavel.


Over Laird Norton Company’s nearly 170 years in business, our focus on long-term investment returns and good corporate citizenship has paid great dividends. We are grateful for the collaborations that have contributed to these successes.

Working together for a greater impact

We partnered with Spectrum Development Solutions to develop two innovative multifamily projects: a workforce housing project—Orenda—in Seattle, WA, and a student housing project—Stateside—in Bellingham, WA. Community outreach was a key part of the success of both these projects.

Exterior view of the work force housing project, Orenda, located in Seattle, WA.


Over more than 40 years under Laird Norton Company’s ownership, this lumber and building materials distribution business evolved to become the nation’s third-largest professional building materials dealer. When LNC sold the company in 2006 to Fidelity Capital, it had revenues of over $3 billion from six divisions in 320 locations across 24 states.

A bulldozer moving tree trunks.

Investing in Shared Prosperity

We have always believed that we have a responsibility to be good corporate citizens. Therefore, supporting our people, the environment, and our communities is an important consideration in our investments. Our goal is to work with others who share our commitment to make a difference and create shared prosperity.


We have created an inclusive and collaborative environment in which each employee is part of our shared success. Learn more about our team. 

Meet Our Team