In anticipation of next week’s ListenUp! preservation conference in Water Valley . . .
The Rice-Stix factory in Water Valley, pictured here in the 1951 Mississippi issue of Manufacturer’s Record, opened on February 28, 1946, according to the webpage “Water Valley History.” Belying the boosterish tone of the Manufacturer’s Record, the factory went through a strike in 1952, as told by Joe Atkins in “The story of a Deep South labor town and the sheriff who stood up for workers.”
I’m not sure when it closed. The building still stands, unoccupied, on the north end of downtown. Swing by there when you’re in Water Valley next week and help bring this building back to life!
More Industrial Mississippi:
- 1946 Manufacturer’s Record
- Knox Glass Company, Jackson
- Armstrong Tire Plant, Natchez
- N&W Overall Company, Jackson
- Blue Bell, Natchez and Belmont