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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-82
Corporate Name: Bright Coop Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bright Coop Company. Charles Bright.
Location: 803 West Seale Street, Nacogdoches
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 46 years
Start Year: 1951
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1951 to 1996
Town: Nacogdoches
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Wooden live rod type poultry coops
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: 1965: 2500 units daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Shop built, planers, moulders, multiple drills, dowel MCLs
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Bright Coop Company began in 1951 with the late N. G. Bright and Charles Bright. Principal products were wooden rod chicken coops and turkey coops. In 1958, the company was shipping containers for bathtubs, commercial washers and dryers, etc. In 1960, production changed wood construction of turkey coops to metal coops. Four years later, Bright Coop Company entered the fields of industrial crating and pallets. Plastic soon replaced wood because of the weight factor. From 1965 to 1972, the company was manufacturing 2,500 units per eight-hour shift. The archives of the Texas Forest Products Manufacturers Association reveal that Bright Coop Company was a member of its Association. The company recently advertised itself as the “single source for live haul equipment: coopsturkey loaderstrailershydraulic poultry movers.” In 1976, N. G. Bright retired. The company, handling a large volume of birds, introduced live-bird dumping systems in 1978, using mechanical lift trucks. The use of plastic has reduced the present daily production capacity. The company coops moves ninety percent of all broilers in the United States and more than sixty percent of turkey products. Export markets include Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Brazil, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In 1989, the wood division was sold to the Nacogdoches Pallet & Speciality Co.
Research Date: MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: M Johnson