About Cooper Machine Company Inc.

H.M. "Billy" and Mary Brown Cooper

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, but two of Robert and Jean’s children, Frances Cooper and Andrew Cooper, have returned to work at the family business. Frances after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Finance and working as a consultant in Atlanta for several years, returned to Cooper Machine in 2007. Andrew graduated from Georgia College with a major in Business and returned to Cooper Machine in 2009.


In August 2014, Frances became the new CEO. Robert continues on as President and as an active participant in the day-to-day activities, but only those activities that he genuinely enjoys, such as talking to customers and designing equipment.



Robert Cooper, President

Frances Cooper, CEO

Cooper Machine strives to provide not only quality products but also excellent technical support and service to its customers. 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. Our technicians are also available to provide advice and technical support on machinery upgrades and modifications. The parts department works hard to provide our customers with the parts they need when they are needed.


Cooper Machine has been in the business of improving sawmill production for nearly 50 years and has remained at the forefront of sawmill innovations and design. We are prepared to continue that legacy for many years to come.