ROWESVILLE, S.C. – Dempsey Wood Products, a sawmill specializing in hardwood pine lumber, will expand its South Carolina operations and add 25 jobs.
Plans for the expansion, which we covered on Woodworking Network in February 2017, date back as early as 2016. Those plans indicated $7 million would be invested in new dry kilns, a planer mill, a saw line extension, and other upgrades to the company's sawmill. New positions are for skilled technicians and maintenance people.
“It’s a project we’ve been planning for probably the last several years, and took a big step two years ago in the expansion we did there. That was kind of the first step of this project. This is finishing that part of it off,” said company president Parker Dempsey told MDJ Online in December.
But now that $7 million is $26 million. And in exchange for the investment, the county will approve fee-in-lieu of taxes incentive for 30 years, allowing Dempsey to pay a set fee based on a 6 percent tax assessment. The county also approved a 20 percent special source revenue credit.
Dempsey Wood Products serves the Southeast pine and hardwood market. The company employs 80.

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