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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-89
Corporate Name: Cal-Tex Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Cal-Tex Lumber Company with Leon Ray, general manager. George Schmidbaur, company president, with mills in California and Texas.
Location: Nacogdoches
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 17 years
Start Year: 1980
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1980 to 1996
Town: Nacogdoches
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 32,000
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: High grade dimension lumber, pallet lumber, bark mulch, wood chips, shavings, and boiler fuel
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Three lattice gang saws
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Cal-Tex Lumber Company opened a plant in Nacogdoches in the 1980s as a result of harvest interruptions in California, which the company believes is caused by extremist environmental groups. The latest technology permits, according to Bob Currie, “much higher conversion factors of logs to product, . .”. The mill is able to cut curved lumber because of the use of lattice gang saws that are to follow curves in a log. Currie also notes that the volume of sawdust is reduced with this kind of saw. The company is working with Northcutt Woodworks in perfecting the drying and curing procedures that will make “Southern yellow pine stock a replacement for Western white pine” in trim and mold milling.
Research Date: MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: M Johnson