Associated Hardwoods Building $8.7 Million Sawmill

By Bill Esler | Posted: 11/13/2013 11:05PM


Associated Hardwoods GAFFNEY, SC - Associated Hardwoods SC, Inc., secured $8.7 million in funding through a New Markets Tax Credit  allocation secured from CEI Capital Management, LLC.

Associated Hardwoods will use the  funding to build and operate a sawmill in Gaffney, SC. The company projects that bill, with an economic impact of $14.7 million estimated during the first four years of the project. Tax Advantage Group managed the funding process.

Wells Fargo Community Investment Holdings provided the investment and leveraged debt for Associated Hardwoods, to build a rural sawmill. The NMTC Program provides investors with a 39 percent federal tax credit claimed over a seven-year period. The tax credit proceeds create equity, which can be permanently placed in eligible low-income community projects.

Family-owned, Associated Hardwoods lumber company produces wholesale lumber, specialized lumber, trucking, planed and ripped-to-width boards, as well as plywood processing, and more.

Construction began immediately, and will create 93 direct and 23 indirect jobs. Once construction is complete, Associated Hardwoods expects to initially employ 15 full-time workers, expanding to 24 full-time employees in the first three years of operations.

The project is part of a community development plan in a rural census tract that is designated "Distressed" by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The New Markets Tax Credit Program is a $40 billion federal program intended to encourage private capital investment in eligible, impoverished, low-income communities

"The New Markets Tax Credits that tag was able to secure for us made this project possible," said Associated Hardwoods President Rick Jordan. 

Associated Hardwoods will help ensure the Gaffney project has environmentally sustainable outcomes,  including:

  • Investing in new state-of-the-art grinding equipment that converts wood waste into fuel for the boiler
  • Reclaimable wood fibers are used in other consumer products sold to the public.
  • Improved recycling methods to decrease landfill waste by 74%.
  • Utilizing a new negative draft boiler that increases efficiency while reducing carbon footprint.

Associated Hardwoods is FSC, PEFC, and SFI certified, which allows them to provide LEED certified materials to building projects. Associated Hardwoods is Certified Sustainable by Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers through the U.S. Forest Service.



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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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