The Dickson County Industrial Development Board has approved the sale of 16 acres in the William D. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park for the construction of a lumber operation. At a special meeting Friday, the board voted to accept the transfer of the property from the county then sell it to Mike Lewis, who said he plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot facility that will produce hardwood flooring and molding for the cabinet industry. Formerly with nearby Middle Tennessee Lumber, Lewis said the operation represents a $4.5 million investment and officials have said it will create 27 new jobs. Industrial board Chairman Donald Richardson explained that the county is transferring the property to the board because it is not restricted to selling property by competitive bidding processes and can sell directly to a prospective buyer. County Mayor Bob Rial said the $250,000 Lewis will pay for the property will be turned back over to the county and applied to its debt service. The sale includes the stipulation that Lewis begin operation within a year but Rial said Lewis has indicated he plans to be open in November. Lewis said the facility will bring in stick wood, cure it, then mill it inside the structure that will contain motors and ripsaws. The facility also will include a 100-150-foot tall bin for storing sawdust and within a couple of years he plans to install boilers that will burn the wood dust. The industrial board voted unanimously to accept the property from the county, sell it to Lewis and turn the money back over to the county. The 16-acre site is located between Metrican and Bridgestone on Warren G. Medley Boulevard in the industrial park, in front of the proposed site for Project Falcon.