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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-37
Corporate Name: Center Plywood Corporation
Local Name:
Owner Name: Center Plywood Corporation. Center Woods Products Company
Location: Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 40 years
Start Year: 1948
End Year: 1987
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989
Period of Operation: 1948 to 1987
Town: Center
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 1948: plywood mill with 66-inch lathes, dryers, presses, panel equalizers. 1952: added planing mill and cold-press.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 1948: 100,000 feet of glued plywood daily.
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1948: plywood mill with 66-inch lathes, dryers, presses, panel equalizers. 1952: added planing mill and cold-press.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: In 1948, the Center Wood Products Company opened as a box plant at center. In 1952, a cold-press plywood plant was added to the operations, manufacturing plywood from sweet gum and black gum. In 1952, M. L. Anderson sold to Center Woods Products Company its planing mill, including the building, planers, blowers, and a Ross lift truck. In 1956, a hot-press machine was added. The company was incorporated in in 1960 as the Center Plywood Corporation. The plant was making custom-designed furniture parts by 1968. Raw materials included river birch, hard and soft maple, basswood, sycamore, magnolia, sweetgum, black gum, cottonwood, and box elder. Richard C. Boyette was vice-president and general manager. The Center Plywood Co., Inc. is listed in the 1987 Forest Products Industries in Texas.
Research Date: MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson