Construction of sports facilities in Bruce, Miss., are moving ahead with funds from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation.
Two grants have been approved toward a new locker room and batting cages.
The Create Foundation received a $12,000 grant for a locker room that will include showers, dressing area, restrooms, storage and offices for the Bruce football team. The 3,600 square-foot metal facility is expected to cost $70,000 and will serve 650 students.
“This project will replace an unsuitable 50-year-old building and provide a clean, working facility for the athletes of our school as well as something we can be proud of when other teams are visiting,” said Lee Peden, president of the Bruce Athletic Booster Club.
The Bruce Athletic Booster Club and Touchdown Club are partnering with the Foundation and will assist with raising additional funds and volunteer labor.
In addition, the city of Bruce has received a $5,000 Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation grant to build two batting cages at Bruce Park. Park Director Mark Ferguson said the $7,500 project will include a concrete floor, frames, net and protective screening.
“We only have one batting cage at the park that serves over 300 players during our summer baseball/softball program,” he said. The Bruce High School baseball and softball teams also use the fields at the park and currently must share the cage.
“Weyerhaeuser is excited to be a part of these community projects,” according to Malinda Hitt, Human Resources manager of Weyerhaeuser’s Bruce iLevel lumber operation. “They will benefit hundreds of young people in the area.”
Employees at the Bruce Weyerhaeuser facility, which employs more than 200 men and women in family-wage jobs, recommended the projects. The operation has the capacity to produce more than 230 million board feet of lumber annually.
In Mississippi, Weyerhaeuser employs about 1,700 people and manages more than 778,000 acres of forestland, all certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)™ standard. Weyerhaeuser operates a pulp and paper complex and modified fiber operation at Columbus, box plants at Jackson, Magnolia and Olive Branch, iLevel lumber mills at McComb, Bruce and Philadelphia, an iLevel Service Center at Gulfport, and timberlands management units at Bellefontaine, Columbus, Hillsdale, McComb, Scooba and Columbia.