84 Lumber owner Maggie Hardy Magerko files for divorce in Westmoreland
Maggie Hardy Magerko, owner of Washington County-based 84 Lumber and the posh Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County, on Thursday filed documents to end her 25-year marriage.
Magerko, 52, of Rostraver filed divorce papers in Westmoreland County, stating she lives apart from husband, Peter J. Magerko, whom she married in 1992.
Peter Magerko, 52, is listed as having a home in Smock, Fayette County. He served in the Marine Corps and is a former member of the Pennsylvania State Police, according to the 84 Lumber company website.
They have one adult son.
The brief court filing indicated only that the “marriage is irretrievably broken.”
Hardy Magerko is listed by Forbes Magazine as worth $1.3 billion and ranks as No. 484 among the wealthiest people in the United States.
At age 27, she took over as president of 84 Lumber in 1992 from her father, Joseph A. Hardy III, who founded the company. In 2000, she took over the leadership of Nemacolin Woodlands from her father, who purchased the resort at auction in 1987.
In February, Hardy Magerko made news when her company paid an estimated $15 million to air a 90-second commercial just before halftime of the Super Bowl. The controversial ad that depicted a Mexican woman and her daughter traveling to the U.S. border. Fox, the television network that broadcast the game, refused to air a portion of the ad that depicted a high border wall where they found what appeared to be a newly built wall.
Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer