Canfor plans $25 million upgrade of S.C. sawmill
July 3, 2022 | 6:58 pm CDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Canfor said it will invest $25 million to modernize its Canfor Southern Pine mill in Estill, S.C.

The unspecified upgrades, involving “cutting-edge technology and equipment,” are to be completed by the end of the year. In the meantime, the company is seeking candidates to work at all of its U.S. and Canadian sawmills.

“We are proud to celebrate Canfor’s latest investment in South Carolina and our people,” said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. “This significant $25 million investment highlights all that can be accomplished through our competitive business environment and talented workforce." 

Tony Sheffield, president of Canfor Southern Pine, said, “The investment in our Estill facility is benefitting our employees and is helping to ensure we can meet our customers’ growing needs for sustainable wood products.” 

Canfor Corp. the sawmill from Elliott Sawmilling Co. for $110 million in late 2018. At that time, the facility was said to have a production capacity in excess of 210 million board feet. 

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