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Blountstown mill closes; equipment to be auctioned

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

Big River Cypress and Hardwood of Blountstown is in the final stages of shutting down operations, according to the company’s president, Harry Rogers.

The business, located off Hwy. 71 in Blountstown, operated in partnership with Neal Land and Timber for the past 25 years.  “The log supply is gone,” said Rogers, explaining that Neal Land and Timber’s recent land swap of 40,000 acres of local river bottom lands for pine timberlands in Alabama had eliminated their primary wood source.

The company had supplied 70 percent of the cypress and hardwoods the mill turned into beams, frame stock and lumber.

“We’ve been shutting down in stages since the first of December,” Rogers said.  The company has been working with its 25 employees to help them find jobs.  “Most employees have been slowly leaving but we still have ten or 15 working,” he said.

He said the mill officially closed Friday.  The equipment will be sold at auction on March 25.

The mill closure leaves Calhoun County without any forest product manufacturing.

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