NATCHEZ, Ms. - Hardwood mat specialist Jones Lumber will expand its operations in Mississippi, investing $18 million to modernize a plant and creating 35 jobs.
 
“Jones Lumber’s new operations in Natchez will benefit the company and its customers for many years to come,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “It also will benefit the region’s landowners, who offer an abundance of raw materials to companies like Jones Lumber. I commend the Jones Lumber team for revamping an existing lumber mill and bringing dozens of new jobs to the people of Adams County.”
 
Jones runs five operations throughout the state - all of which produce hardwood mats. Each location features two sawmills each, with a grand total production capacity of 200 million board feet annually. Jones is a member of the NHLA KD program and follows strict manufacturing, processing and drying guidelines required by European export regulations.
 
The county is providing tax abatements for the expansion, reports the Natchez Democrat. Facility uprades are set to be complete by February and the jobs should be filled by July.
 
In January, Jones acquired the Natchez mill, which was previously owned by Rives and Reynolds Lumber. Jones added the 50 employees working there to its payroll.
 
 

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