In 1880, Martin Luther Hassinger started his lumber business in Lamonaville, Pennsylvania. In the beginning, Hassinger purchased from a leather company acreage with hemlocks that had been stripped of their bark, and sawed it at his small mill at Lamonaville. When the oil boom hit northeast Pennsylvania, the Hassinger operation expanded to include the construction of oil derricks.
"It is comparatively easy to prosper by trickery, the violation of confidence, oppression of the weak, sharp practices, cutting of corners- all of those methods that we are so prone to palliate and condone as 'business shrewdness'.
It is difficult to prosper by the keeping of promises, the deliverance of value in goods, in services and in deeds- and in the meeting of so-called 'shrewdness' with sound merit and good ethics.
The easy way is expedient and easy- the hard way arduous and long. But, as the clock ticks, the easy way gets harder and the hard way becomes easier. And as the calendar records the years, it becomes increasingly evident that the easy way rests hazardously upon shifting sands, whereas the hard way builds solidly a foundation of confidence that cannot be swept away."
Martin Hassinger, Founder