Our History

The J. M. Burguières Co., Limited celebrated its 110th birthday as a corporation in 2011. It all began with Eugene Denis Burguières, son of Jean Baptiste and Catherine Pauline Lallamand Burguières, originally from Paris, who came to America in the early nineteenth century, settling in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Click here to view our interactive company history slideshow!

1873-1898

JMB, Sr. acquires land in St. Mary and Terrebonne Parishes, establishing a sugar cane empire. He is the sole manager of the business, run as a private, solely owned enterprise.


1877

JMB, Sr. purchases William F. Weeks' Cypremort Plantation and sugar mill for $90,000.


1901

Three brothers, Joseph E. Burguières, Jules Martial Burguières, Jr., and Denis P. J. Burguières incorporate the family enterprise as a Louisiana corporation -- The J. M. Burguières Company, Limited (JMB Co., Ltd). Stocks in the family business are distributed among the children of JMB, Sr. 


1916

JMB, Jr. acquires an interest in Southern States Land & Timber Company, which sold ranches on a vast tract from Okeechobee Boulevard north to the St. Lucie Canal in Florida.


2000-2001

Tender offers made by the JMB Companies to the remaining shareholders of Southern States Land & Timber Company result in the acquisition of 100 percent of Southern States Land & Timber Company stock ownership.

2005

The JMB Land Company, LP, is formed, consisting of three ranches in west Texas, totaling 51,225 acres. 

Today, JMB Companies include:

JMB Partnership, LLC

  • The legacy assets with five sugar plantations totaling 15,000 acres in south Louisiana.
  • Wetland mitigation banks
  • Oil and gas leases
  • Oil and gas production royalties

Southern States Land & Timber Company, LLC

  • 300,000 acres of mineral rights in Florida

The JMB Land Company, LP

  • Three ranches on 33,657 acres in west Texas.

JMB Cote Blanche, LLC

  • Salt royalties
  • 3/8 owner of Cote Blanche Island

JMB Kilgore, LLC

  • 1,200 acre sugar plantation in St. Mary Parish

JMB Legendre, LLC

  • 1,200 acre sugar plantation in Lafourche Parish

For an in-depth look at the history of the Burguières family, check out The House That Sugarcane Built written by Donna McGee Onebane.

Available now!


Building Value In Land

The J.M. Burguières Co., Limited was founded in 1877 from three plantations and has prospered through the years as a land acquisition and holding company with property interests in south Louisiana, south Florida and west Texas. The company is the largest single family-owned land holding company currently in operation in Louisiana.

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  • 140 Years of Family Business
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    140 Years of Family Business
  • 125+ Family Shareholders
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    125+ Family Shareholders
  • Operations in 3 States
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    Operations in 3 States
  • 333,000 + Acres
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    333,000 + Acres
  • Sugar, Salt, Oil, Gas, Cattle, Water, Conservation
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    Sugar, Salt, Oil, Gas, Cattle, Water, Conservation
  • Offices in Franklin and Lafayette, Louisiana
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    Offices in Franklin and Lafayette, Louisiana