Made in Tennessee: About the Haney Family Sawmill

UT CIS is featuring Haney Family Sawmill as the Made in Tennessee Manufacturer of the Week from December 12 - 18, 2022. The following article is published on behalf of the Haney Family Sawmill. To learn more about Made in Tennessee, please visit

Written by Roy Haney, Haney Family Sawmill

A little bit about Haney Family Sawmill: first of all, we are a small family operation in Liberty, TN. I always tell people just go to Liberty and find the Mule painted on the bluff. Right behind the mule is a 100-year-old house and that is our home.

We are Roy and Chris Haney and together we are Haney Family Sawmill. We have been blessed for 30 years, getting to meet and know some of the finest people around. I get asked what makes us different; in some ways I have no idea, but a lot has grown in the fact that we are one of the few mills that will work with the individual customer.

We decided in 2008, when the economy took a hit, we would deal with the small and large customers like family using our background and experience to help make dreams come true.

My wife is originally from a Montana timber and railroad family, and my folks are from Jackson County, TN.

This has been a journey that is a blessing. Being able to get to know people and being a part of their dreams and maybe, in a small way, by furnishing lumber to make it happen.

Just a little side note of fun that I pass along to people: what does the number of days in a Leap year have to do with a Gambrell (Barn style Roof)?

A leap year has 366 days, and if you take the width of what you are trying to span and multiply it by 366, you have the length for your truss pieces! Each rafter cut a 15 degree on one side and a 30 degree on the other. This will make your roof for your mini barn or such. Nice and easy - as life should be.