Louisiana is home to many sawmills, with the cypress sawmill industry one of the state's first major manufacturing industries. The sawmill industry has even prompted a Cypress Sawmill Museum, located in Patterson, Louisiana. The museum catalogs the history of sawmills and the cypress lumber industry throughout the state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 51,500 workers were employed in Louisiana in logging and mining in 2010.
Temple-Inland Sawmill, Bogalusa
In Bogalusa, Louisiana, Temple-Inland operates two sawmills. One of them is the oldest continuously operated sawmill in Louisiana, originally built in 1902 by the Great Southern Lumber Company. All of Temple-Inland's sawmills process southern pine. The company produces a range of products, including corrugated cardboard and packaging.
Temple-Inland Sawmill 401/501 Avenue U Bogalusa, LA 70427 985.732.8000 templeinland.com
Almond Brothers Lumber, Coushatta
Located in Coushatta, Louisiana, the Almond Brothers Lumber Company has been family-owned and operated for six generations. The sawmill processes southern pine lumber, which is kiln-dried. Almond Brothers exports worldwide to buyers in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Lumber is available in a number of grades, lengths, widths and thicknesses, all listed on the company website.
Almond Brothers Lumber Company 403 Ringgold Ave. Coushatta, LA 71019 318-932-4041 almondlumber.com
Hanna Manufacturing Company, Winnfield
Hanna Manufacturing Company is located in Winnfield, Louisiana, where it mills hardwoods to produce hardwood mats. Each year the mill produces more than 12 million feet of lumber. Laminated mats are available in two, three or four ply, and in a range of lengths. Logging mats are also available, either in two ply or heavy-duty three ply. These mats are typically used as surface decking for construction, logging, temporary roads or for use in oil fields.
Hanna Manufacturing Company P.O. Drawer 1335 490 Hwy. 156 Winnfield, Louisiana 71483 800-336-3950
Leesville Lumber Company, Leesville
Located in west central Louisiana, Leesville Lumber Company has milled dimensional lumber since 1964. The mill specializes in southern yellow pine. A range of dimensions and grades are available. They are outlined in part on the website, and further ordering information is available by telephone. The website also provides contact emails for all of the Leesville Lumber Company executives and managers.
Leesville Lumber Company, Inc. P.O. Box 320 Leesville, La. 71496 337-238-1387 leesvillelumber.com
Hunt Forest Products, Inc.
Hunt Forest Products, Inc. is headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, and operates four sawmills throughout the state. Its mill in Olla, Louisiana produces hardwood, while a second mill in Bernice specializes in wood chips. Two more mills, located in Pollock and Natalbany, Louisiana, produce plywood and veneer. Hunt Forest specializes in yellow pine, though the hardwood mill at Olla primarily produces red and white oak dimension lumber. Each mill produces a variety of grades and sizes, with full specifications available on the website. The loading hours for all mills are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Hunt Forest Products, Inc. 401 Reynolds Dr. P.O.Box 1263 Ruston, Louisiana 71273-1263 318-255-2245 huntforpro.com
Danielle Hill has been writing, editing and translating since 2005. She has contributed to "Globe Pequot" Barcelona travel guide, "Gulfshore Business Magazine," "Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico" and "The Barcelona Review." She has trained in neuro-linguistic programming and holds a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature and literary translation from Brown University.