Historic equipment parade sign of progress in Winston County

From staff reports

The City of Louisville and Winston County residents came together to witness the partnering of one of its oldest industries with the latest industry to change the economic landscape of the area as Winston Plywood and Veneer held a delivery parade for equipment purchased from Taylor Machine Works Thursday, June 23 at 9 a.m.

“Taylor Machine Works and its companies have sustained us and to see WPV step up and support Taylor as well as help with the rebirth of the wood products industry is a great day for Louisville,” Mayor Will Hill said.

The city and county assisted with the delivery of the equipment beginning from the Taylor Machine Works Main Plant location on North Church Avenue and proceeding south on South Church Avenue to Armstrong and enter the Winston Plywood and Veneer gate at the former Roseburg site location.

The delivery was assisted in escort by the Louisville Police Department, the Louisville Fire Department, Winston County Sheriff’s Department, and Louisville Utilities. Winston Plywood and Veneer purchased three pieces of equipment from Winston County’s own, Taylor Machine Works.

Winston Plywood and Veneer Vice President HR/Community Resources David Morel saw the positives of the partnership.

“This is wonderful for two local companies to work together,” Morel said. “This has helped lift the community up.”

Robert Taylor, Vice President of Taylor Machine Works, Inc., is excited for the rebirth of the industry the plant provides.

“What a proud day for Winston County, Winston Plywood and Veneer and Taylor Machine Works,” Taylor said. “Working together with WPV is a great moment.”

As Winston Plywood and Veneer will soon begin production, the entire county has a bright outlook as these and other industries will flourish in the coming years.

“It is great that WPV purchased these locally made and proudly Mississippi made products,” said Taylor.

“I applaud the community for their support and proud of all of these industries,” said Mayor Hill.

The Winston Plywood and Veneer mill includes a 285,000-square-foot facility on a 50-acre site (when the area for the former Roseburg property leased from the county is included).

In total, $137 million will be invested in the project when including the former Roseburg site. The mill is set to open in July 2016.

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Some of the Winston Plywood and Veneer equipment leaves the Taylor Machine Works gate headed to its new home.

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Dr. Dick Baldwin President & General Manager of Winston Plywood & Veneer and members of his team welcome Robert Taylor and members of the Taylor Machine Works team.

DSC_5010 “We (WPV) are humbled to be part of the rebuilding and regrowth of Louisville and Winston County,” Morel stated.