Darien Millworks

920 Westersham Place SW
Marietta, GA  30064-2982

Office (770) 792-1971
Fax (770) 792-1972


Company History

Owner Tim Moran’s story of the History of the Company

The conception

In 1969, I was looking for an idea to manufacture a product. I was introduced to a man in Savannah, Georgia, who was producing heart pine flooring for local clients in Savannah. I spent six months working with him, trying to decide if this man's hobby could be turned into a viable business. At the end of the six months, I decided it could become a business and purchased an 1885 vintage shoe factory in Lawrenceville, Georgia, with 400,000 board feet of high grade heart pine. I leased a sawmill in Duluth and began producing lumber.

When I started the company, I applied all the standard business practices I could think of that would guarantee success. I had everything but experience in a virtually unknown industry. For five years I struggled, never knowing from one week to the next if the business would survive. Slowly, things began to take shape and the market began to respond to my efforts. By the tenth year, the successes came more frequently, and the failures and mistakes were fewer and less damaging.

Originally, there was no industry or competition, and I could rely only on my ability to market and sell. I developed my business through building relationships with local architects, contractors, and individuals who knew and appreciated the value of heart pine.

Today we are an established, profitable leader in the industry.

The name

Period Pine was our name growing up. It said what we did...provide high quality antique heart pine to top-of-the-line constructions...period. "Period Pine" remains our brand name for the antique pine products we manufacture and market.

In 1995 the company changed its name to Darien Millworks & Timber to better serve the changing times and the demands of our customers. Darien Millworks derives its name from Darien, Georgia, a small village at the mouth of the Altamaha River Basin. Darien became famous for the vast amounts of longleaf yellow pine and cypress shipped all over the world from its shores. It is said that during one period in history, Darien was the second wealthiest city in the United States, second only to Philadelphia in terms of cash in the bank.

Darien speaks to the "first and finest source" for superior southern woods.