Established in 1991, Southern Milling & Lumber has been supplying the Southeastern United States with lumber, pallets, and trusses that are custom made in our plants located in Lakeland, Florida and St. Matthews, South Carolina. SML specializes in the manufacturing of large volume and customer specific orders, from Home Builders and Commercial Developers to Manufacturing and Distribution Companies, for lumber, pallets, and trusses. We have knowledgeable and friendly staff that are eager to help satisfy your lumber, pallet, and truss needs while providing you with the highest level of custom satisfaction whether you need materials for your custom home, your small project, or your tract development; as there is no job too small or too large for us at Southern Milling & Lumber, Inc.


Chris Fulbright

Operations Manager

Chris Fulbright has thrived in the lumber industry since 1991. He has a strong background in many facets of operations, including remanufacturing facilities, pressure treating, pallet manufacturing and value added specialty products. Chris is also a lead salesman in many national sales accounts and oversees raw lumber contract purchasing from our suppliers.

Sam Mondragon

Truss Production Manager

Sam has been working in the truss industry for over 20 years and has operated in many phases of the industry; such as, manufacturing of wooden roof trusses, wooden floor trusses, and wall panels. His passion and persistence for perfection that he requests from his team brings us to be one of the top manufacturing companies in the Southeastern United States.

Michael Hyde

Truss Division Operations Manager

Michael Hyde has been working in the construction manufacturing industry for over 22 years. Providing lumber, manufacturing of wooden trusses, wall panels, and interior and exterior pre-hung doors to the industry. Michael started in truss manufacturing in 1995 working for Howard Brennan, Owner of Custom Truss. Throughout the years he has become accomplished in construction technology, truss design, structural engineering and currently has over 10 years in leadership roles over production and operations. His vast experience and sheer tenacity to get the job done is what drives our success!

Blake Cowper


Blake Cowper has been working in the lumber and manufacturing industry for 19 years.  He has worked in both sales and the manufacturing side.  Communicating with the customers is one of his many assets.

Daniel Buss

Design Manager

Daniel Buss has been working in the truss industry for over 20 years. His meticulous attention to detail and interpretations designates him a leader in the design field.

Kimberly Benner

Truss Administration

Kimberly has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years. As a fifth generation Painter, most of Kimberly’s experience has been in the Painting field; however, she is fluent in any and all Administrative duties and can complete any task at hand.