A Lucedale Company has purchased all of the buildings and equipment at
the original Bruce Sawmill site (formerly Memphis Hardwood) and are
beginning a demolition process.
By JOEL McNEECE
A Lucedale company has purchased all of the buildings and equipment at the original Bruce Sawmill site (formerly Memphis Hardwood) and is beginning a demolition process.
Tidmore & Associates purchased the equipment from the California bank holding the deed to the property.
Dale Dunagin, a realtor with United Country, working on behalf of the bank, said once the equipment is cleared, the 54 acres will be sold separately.
“We’ve tried for more than two years to sell this as a sawmill,” Dunagin said.
Dunagin was optimistic that the land without the sawmill would be of greater interest to prospective buyers.
“Having grown up here, it’s somewhat sad to see the removal of the visual landmarks that have become so familiar to us over the years,” Bruce Mayor Robert Edward Oakley said. “I hope this is a sign of progress from the perspective that this property might return to becoming a valuable part of our business community.”
Pontotoc Electric Power was on site Monday disconnecting power to the old mill as demolition got underway.
Johnny Tidmore, with Tidmore & Associates, said some of the equipment will be sold, but most will be salvaged for scrap.
Tidmore said they’ve set a goal of three months to complete the job.