ROOTED IN THE NORTHWEST
As we celebrate our 50th year of business, we are grateful to the clients who have entrusted us to be their partners in planning and managing their financial lives, and committed to adapting to our clients’ needs and opening new doors to the future.
The Laird and Norton families’ legacy was started in 1855 by two brothers and their cousin who ran a milling and manufacturing company in the Midwest. In 1900, the Laird and Norton families partnered with Frederick Weyerhaeuser to acquire and manage timberlands in the Pacific Northwest and founded the Weyerhaeuser Company.
By 1963, the Laird and Norton families had founded many companies in the forest products industry, including Potlatch Lumber Company, Boise Payette Lumber Company and General Timber Company. This success, along with a capital infusion from the Initial Public Offering of Weyerhaeuser, resulted in the need for trust services and investment management, which prompted the founding of Laird Norton Trust Company in 1967. The iconic Norton Building in downtown Seattle continues to serve as our headquarters.
To broaden the asset base and strengthen the business, Laird Norton began serving private external clients in 1979. Today, such clients represent approximately 75 percent of our client base.
In 2004, the Laird Norton Trust Company merged with Seattle’s Tyee Asset Strategies, LLC. The result – Laird Norton Wealth Management – is truly a full-service wealth management company capable of meeting all its clients’ complex financial needs: financial planning; trust services and estate planning; and investment management.
We continue to be independent and privately owned by The Laird Norton Co. (LNC). LNC is now in its seventh-generation as a family-owned holding company invested in a wide variety of ventures, including private equity, real estate and asset management.
GROWING ALONG WITH SEATTLE
Today, Laird Norton is the Northwest’s premier wealth management company. Our leadership is nationally recognized. We hire and retain the brightest team members in the industry. And we remain driven by a passion for exceptional client service and an extremely personalized approach to our clients’ finances.
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