Koppers completes pole manufacturing facility

Koppers new utility pole manufacturing site in Louisiana.

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PITTSBURGH — Koppers Holdings Inc., an integrated global provider of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals, and carbon compounds, held a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Leesville Parish Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Koppers utility pole peeling and drying facility in Leesville, Louisiana.

In March 2024, the Leesville plant began manufacturing timber into utility poles to be treated at the company's Somerville, Texas, facility and supplied to underserved markets, starting with Texas, and extending into the midwestern U.S.

A major producer of utility poles in the U.S., Koppers, and its Koppers Utility and Industrial Products Inc. (UIP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings, has invested $17 million at Leesville, a 105-acre site that has generated more than 35 construction jobs and new full-time positions.

"The Leesville facility is a key example of how Koppers continues to optimize our operational footprint," said Koppers president and COO James A. Sullivan. "It has allowed us to reduce costs through plant automation and an improved logistics network, while opening new opportunities in high-potential growth markets as the demand for infrastructure investment in the U.S. only continues to increase."

Koppers UIP Vice President Jim Healey added that Leesville's abundance of timber, along with its proximity to the Somerville facility, "positions us well to strengthen our supply chain and expand our market presence. We're proud to officially be a part of the Leesville community, which, along with the state of Louisiana, have been great partners in this process, and we thank them for their collaboration and support."

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