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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-50
Corporate Name: International Paper Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: International Paper Company with J. P. Creer. Henderson Lumber Mfg Co. with Bud Holland, Owner & Manger. C. T. Jones. Jones Brothers Lumber Company. Jones & Stephens Lumber Company.
Location: Henderson
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 37 years
Start Year: 1960
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1957 to 1996
Town: Henderson
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Dimensional lumber and pulpwood chips
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: 25000: 1960100000: 1970
Capacity Comments: 100,000 feet daily. 1973: 25 million feet annually.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Band, circular, gang; chipper, headrig, chip-n-saw.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Henderson Lumber Manufacturing Co, originally operations of Jones & Stephens and Jones Bros, joined the Southern Pine Association in 1965. Between 1966 and 1973, the number of employees increased from less than fifty to more than sixty employees. Besides using a circular, gang, and band, the facility also had a chipper and a chip-n-saw. Raw material was normally shortleaf pine. The outfit did its own logging. In October, 1967, Henderson Lumber Mfg Co advertised for sale a HF 30 Soderham chipper, a round-log infeed carriage for the gang saw, and a mack grapple. The International Paper mill at Henderson, according to Rena Jorden, a company public relations specialist, was purchased Henderson Lumber Manufacturing from Bud Holland in May, 1974. Holland had the mill from from C. T. Jones, his father-in-law. In 1993, the company employed 115 workers in its operations, including a chip mill and planing mill. Pine lumber and chips were the primary products. Bob Curries' article in Texas Logger in 1993 revealed that IP was receiving its pine sawlogs from Robertson Logging of Ore City. Currie reported in Texas Logger of September 1993 that Combs Enterprises sends chip-n-saw to the plant.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson