Another one for BID Group; will build sawmill for Hunt, Tolko
July 28, 2021 | 12:10 pm CDT
BID Group's Jordan sawmill

BID Group creates turnkey sawmills, like this one it built for Jordan Lumber in North Carolina.

BIENVILLE PARISH, La. - The BID Group will build the sawmill for the recently announced Hunt Forest and Tolko partnership. This is the fourth major project landed by BID in 2021 alone.

BID Group is a British Columbia-based company that specializes in delivering complete solutions for wood product manufacturers. The company will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide full start-up services for the project.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team to expand our manufacturing capacity with a second state-of-the-art Turnkey Lumber facility in the U.S. South," said James D. Hunt, Hunt Forest Products co-owner. "This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing customer demand for the highest quality products. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this project will be done right and delivered on time."

Hunt Forest Products and Tolko Industries announced the $240 million project and partnership July 26. The joint venture, their second in Louisiana, is projected to create 130 new direct jobs and 387 indirect jobs in Louisiana's Northwest Region, including approximately 300 construction jobs.

Construction on the new facility is expected to start in early 2022, with commercial operations starting in early 2023. 

BID seems to have cemented its reputation over the past year. In June, it was announced BID would construct Canfor’s $160 million sawmill in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. 

In February, Idaho Forest Group commissioned BID to build its upcoming $120 mill in Lousiana. 

It will also build's Roseburg Forest's upcoming mill in North Carolina.


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