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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-149
Corporate Name: Champion International Corporation.
Local Name: Sheldon mill
Owner Name: Champion, International. Southland Paper Mills, Inc. R.W. Wortham, Jr., president
Location: Sheldon, northeast Harris County
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 30 years
Start Year: 1967
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1967 to 1996
Town: Sheldon
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Paper
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric and steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 125,000 tons per year (1967)
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Groundwood mill, paper machine, kraft pulp mill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Southland Paper Mills, Inc., expanded the company's operations to Harris County with the selection of Sheldon as the site for a new ten million dollar paper mill located adjacent to the San Jacinto River. Building would be constructed in two phases, the first being the construction of a groundwood pulp mill and a paper machine. The second phase would construct a kraft pulp mill. First production of newsprint was planned January, 1967. The mill would employ 200 people. A main factor in the mill's selection of its location was that it gave Southland access to water transportation of its products. This plant, as did the Southland plant at Lufkin (Herty), came under the control of Champion.
Research Date: JKG 10-13-93, MCJ 05-09-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson, J. Gerland