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A maker of wood building materials will acquire a sawmill to supply its expanded operations in southwest Virginia, state officials have announced.
Woodgrain plans to spend $8 million to purchase and expand the former Independence Lumber plant and another $9 million to strengthen its production plant near Marion, Virginia. The projects would save 80 jobs at the sawmill, which was the county’s largest private employer, and create another 20 at the facility. Marion’s site is expected to add an additional 80 new jobs.
The sawmill complex will become the primary supplier to Woodgrain’s Marion Mill and allow the company to source 90% of new forest products from Virginia. Officials said the company will purchase an additional 9 million board feet of Virginia-grown lumber over the next three years.
The company is set to receive a $350,000 grant from the state’s Agriculture and Forestry Economic Development Program to support expansion plans.
Woodgrain, based in Idaho, produces lumber, moldings, doors and windows at 27 facilities across the country. It is one of the largest carpentry companies in the world, officials said.
“We are excited to expand our operations and continue our commitment to Southwest Virginia,” said Robb Hitch, the company’s Eastern Region Carpentry Manager, says in ad. “We believe this will have a significant positive impact on the local economy and allow us to further leverage our vertical integration by supplying lumber to our millwork site in Smyth County and throughout the Southwest. .”
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