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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-153
Corporate Name: Temple-Inland Forest Products, Inc.
Local Name: Southern Pine Lumber Company
Owner Name: Temple Inland Forest Products, Inc.
Location: Diboll
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1958
End Year: 1968
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1958 to 1968
Town: Diboll
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1500 in 1927; 3000 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and hardwood residue into exterior wall sheathing, acoustical tile, roof insulation. By 1968: also, fiberboard, mineral ceiling tile, medium density siding, and hardboard.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 1958: 100,000,000 square feet annually. 1969: projected almost 200,000,000 square feet annually.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Fiberboard plant
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Southeastern
Historicial Development: The decade of the late 1950s to the late 1960s witnessed the expansion of Temple Industries with the addition of a plywood plant, a particle-board plant, a fiberboard plant, and the building of an ultra-modern sawmill facility. A new $4,000,000 fiberboard plant began production in January, 1958, employing about 110 new workers. It would produce exterior wall sheathing, acoustical tile, roof insulation, and other soft-board products from pine sawmill residues and low-grade hardwoods. In 1968, the company announced it was expanding the fiberboard plant producing three new products: mineral ceiling tile, medium density siding, and hardboard. An additional 100 new jobs would be created. The $7,000,000 costs of expansion would result in an almost doubling of annual production.
Research Date: MCJ 01-16-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson