NEWTON, Miss. — Biewer Lumber is investing $40 million to expand its state-of-the-art sawmill in Newton, Mississippi, and increase mill production 100 million board feet per year.

The expansion of Biewer Sawmill-Newton also is expected to create 45 additional jobs, bringing employment at the facility to approximately 170 workers.

As part of Biewer Sawmill-Newton’s expansion, the company is investing in new equipment and an addition to the existing facility. “In order to be competitive, you have to keep up with technology and demand,” said Biewer Lumber President and CEO Tim Biewer.

Opened in 2016, the Mississippi location is one of five sawmills owned by the Michigan-headquartered firm. Biewer also has three lumber treating/distribution centers. The current capacity of Biewer-Newton is an estimated 250 MMBF per year, with a focus on dimensional lumbers and timber, according to the company's website.

“The company’s expansion and creation of 45 new jobs speaks volumes to the strong business environment found throughout our state – an environment that fosters growth and innovation for all of Mississippi’s corporate partners,” said Governor Phil Bryant.

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance in support of the project for public road improvements. The city of Newton is also assisting with the project.

“With approximately 20 million acres of forestland in Mississippi, Biewer Lumber has found the formula for success in our state,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr.

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