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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-3
Corporate Name: Tarrant Industries
Local Name:
Owner Name: Maxwell Lumber Company. Tarrant Industries. M. J. Maxwell, chairman. Jim Tarrant Company (1979)
Location: A mile south of Bullard on Highway 69
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 57 years
Start Year: 1940
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1940 to 1996
Town: Bullard
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Dimension, upper grades; highway stakes, pallets, pre-fab housing components, chips, veneer, crates, boxes
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: 30000: 1960
Capacity Comments: 30,000 feet daily, eight-hour shift
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Saw and planing mills with circular, gang, as well as box factory, hardboard plant, chip mill, and a veneer mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern
Historicial Development: The mill was established by M. J. Maxwell in 1940, about a mile south of Bullard on Highway 69. Total production in board feet for 1973 was more than one million feet. Maxwell did and contracted logging. Besides being a sawmill and planing mill, it also had a box factory, hardboard plant, chip mill, and a veneer mill. Jim Tarrant purchased the operation in 1979. By 1987, the business consisted of a sawmill and pallet mill, producing pine and hardwood lumber, pallets, skids, boxes, and crates.
Research Date: JKG 10-23-93; MCJ 12-08-95
Prepared By: J Gerland, M. Johnson