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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-3
Corporate Name: Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Local Name:
Owner Name: The company was organized as the Sturgis Lumber Company; sold to Ealand-Wood Lumber Company; sold to Reynolds-Wilson Lumber Company; and sold it to Georgia-Pacific Corporation, which later spun it off under subsidiary Louisiana-Pacific.
Location: Jasper at Box 6021 on McQueen Street
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 51 years
Start Year: 1946
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1946 to 1996
Town: Jasper
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Ealand-Wood: rough lumber and oak floor covering. Louisiana-Pacific: plywood sheathing, common and select boards, dry dimension, dry studs, timbers, etc.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam equipment replaced with electric machinery
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 40,000,000 square feet of plywood annually
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1990: sawmill plant
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: A group operating under the name of the Sturgis Lumber Company through at least 1957 had a mill at Jasper. That year, the name had been changed to Ealand-Wood Lumber Company. The company at Jasper had, in 1966, ten lift trucks, three kilns, four hogs, 200 electric motors, ten compressors, one molder, twelve logging trucks, and 300 employees. It worked with longleaf pine, shortleaf pine, oak, beech, walnut, ash, gun, cypress, sycamore, and magnolia. Other operations included remanufacturing, cut-up plant, wood preserving, oak flooring. The plant was sold to Georgia Pacific. In 1969, Georgia Pacific, at Jasper, cut rough lumber, dressed lumber, produced pulp chips, and saleable shavings. In 1971, the plant had cut more than 142,000,000 board feet. It was still employing 155 workers in 1973. The company was operating as a part of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation in 1975. It was still working 155 employees but had cut only 45 million feet in in 1973. Production slightly decreased to 44.26 million feet in 1975, using the same equipment from 1966. By 1987, Louisiana-Pacific was operating two pine mills at Jasper: one site producing lumber and the other site producing plywood sheathing with a medium plywood sawmill and a large lumber sawmill. One cut plywood sheathing and studs, while the other was cutting lumber and softwood plywood. Production continued into the 1990s. Jim Stubbs and E. R. Journee were the site managers. Some of the operation were combined, and by 1990, one plant was making softwood plywood products, common and select boards, dry dimension, dry studs, and timbers. In 1993, Bill Norrington was managing 398 employees, who worked with loblolly, making common and select boards, dry dimension, dry studs, timbers. The plywood plant produced forty million square feet annually.
Research Date: JKG 12-9-93, MCJ 01-12-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson