GP updates plans for its multi-million dollar project at Clarendon OSB plant

ALCOLU, S.C. – Georgia-Pacific is working on its $40 million addition to the oriented strand board (OSB) facility in Alcolu, S.C.

In an update on the expansion plans, which were first announced in February, the company said that the major scope of the project will be to add a third strander to the behemoth facility, which will increase the annual output of quality OSB products by approximately 150 million square feet. The new addition is scheduled to come on-line in the first quarter of 2023.

“The addition of a third strander has always been in the plans for Clarendon,” said Tobey Elgin, Georgia-Pacific’s Director of Operations for OSB. “The site was originally designed for additional capacity, so adding this third strander will maximize the efficiency and output for the operation.”

Andy Konieczka, president, Georgia-Pacific Structural Panels, said the Clarendon facility is a tremendous asset in our OSB portfolio of five facilities. “Seeing it get to its full potential has been a vision that will soon be a reality.”

Claredon OSB plant

The facility was purchased from Grant Forest Products in 2010. Georgia-Pacific completed the construction, and the site began operations in 2013.

“The multi-million-dollar improvement project will be a plus for the local economy,” added Konieczka. “Approximately 100 contractors are expected during the construction phase. Once the new strander is on-line there will be an increase in log trucks arriving and trucks departing with finished goods.”

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