It was a small business, a lumber mill and a job that paid just over $100,000 a year.
But it all changed when it was bought by the state of Kentucky in 2016.
The owner, who would not be identified, told the Star Courier that he and his family are “living on a shoestring budget” and have not had much money to spend in years.
“It’s very stressful, especially when it’s your first job, to be honest,” he said.
“You don’t know what to expect and when you do get a call, you have to make sure you’re prepared.
It’s hard, but it’s worth it.”
The owner said that, after years of being in the red, the mill was “the first thing that popped in my head.”
He’s now in a position to help people like himself, but the experience has left him feeling “unfulfilled.”
He said the mill “has made me realize that I am not alone.”
“I have seen some of the hardships that I have faced and the difficulties that I’ve had to overcome to make this happen,” he added.
In his eyes, the process of buying and processing timber has been a long and difficult one.
“I want to say that timber processing is not easy.
It is a very demanding job and a lot of people have been hurt and many have been lost in the process,” he told the newspaper.
“But at the end of the day, I am proud of what I have done.
And I know that this is something that has made me feel better about myself.”