Cooper Machine was founded in 1965 by H.M. “Billy” and his wife, Mary Brown Cooper, in the small southeast Georgia town of Wadley. The company began as a general machine and fabrication shop, involved in mostly mill repair and renovations, but evolved into other areas, including custom fabrication work for sawmills, manufacturing lift trucks and log and lowboy trailers, and also became a dealer for skidders and loaders. Then, while he was in the middle of a mill renovation and repair project, Billy conceived the idea for what has come to be known throughout the industry as the Overhead End Dogging Scragg.
Cooper Machine’s first Overhead Scragg mill was sold in 1972. The Overhead End Dogging Scragg demonstrated its value immediately and set Cooper Machine on the road to becoming a leader in the sawmill machinery manufacturing and design industry. As a testament to Cooper Machine’s exceptional quality and workmanship, the original scragg saw was operated daily for nearly 20 years before being sold and replaced with a newer, upgraded Cooper model.
Billy passed away in 1995, but his two sons, Bill and Robert, continued the legacy of designing and producing sawmills that set new standards in quality, efficiency and productivity within the industry. In 2008, Bill Cooper retired, leaving Robert to continue producing the long-lasting, high quality sawmill equipment that Cooper Machine is
But it takes more than just a quality product to be successful. All machinery manufactured by Cooper Machine has the support of the experienced technical department of Cooper Machine. With combined experience of over 50 years, Cooper Machine’s technical department ensures that the machines are properly installed and provides in depth training for sawmill personnel in the areas of maintenance and proper operation. They also are available to provide technical support and advice on machinery upgrades and modifications.
Cooper Machine has been in the business of improving sawmill production for over 45 years and has remained at the forefront of sawmill innovations and design. We are prepared to continue that legacy for many years