The E. L. Bruce Company was founded on February 27, 1911 by Edwin L. Bruce in Kansas City, Missouri as a successor to his Bruce Lumber Company (est. 1886). Its industry was flooring and its headquarters were in Kansas City, Missouri (1911-1913), Little Rock, Arkansas (1913-1921) and Memphis, Tennessee (1921-1961).

The company was merged into the Empire National Corporation in 1961 who subsequently changed their name to the E. L. Bruce Company.


  • Cairo, Illinois
  • Jackson, Tennessee
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Reed City, Michigan


Kansas City Hardwood Flooring Company (1911-1916)

E. L. Bruce Company (1916-1961)


  • Ceda'line Aromatic Tennessee Cedar Lining
  • Oak Flooring
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