CORRIGAN, Texas — Opening this fall, RoyOMartin says its upcoming facility will be the first greenfield facility to manufacture oriented strand board (OSB) in the United States. The plant represents a $280 million investment, is situated on 158 acres, and is set to employ 165 new employees.
RoyOMartin, based in Alexandria, Louisiana, currently owns and operates two wood products manufacturing facilities in Louisiana: a pine plywood plant in Chopin and an OSB plant in Oakdale. The plant will be headed by RoyOMartin subsidiary, Corrigan OSB.
Logs have been delivered to the facility, which the company is currently unloading and organizing. Employees are being trained to use new wood processing equipment, which includes a Dieffenbacher forming and press line. Dieffenbacher said the new line will feature a four head forming station, a belt/Flexoplan combination forming line and a 12 foot x 26 foot / 14 daylight multi-opening hot press.
OSB is commonly used in the construction of residential and multifamily housing, as well as in a variety of other applications.RoyOMartin said the Corrigan panel products will be marketed under existing RoyOMartin brands: Eclipse Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing, Eclipse Reflective Housewrap, TuffStrand, WindBrace and StructWall.
“We are excited to receive and unload our first three loads of pulpwood at Corrigan OSB, L.L.C.,” stated Terry Secrest, vice president of OSB and corporate safety director for RoyOMartin. “This is the first of many milestones on the path to running a world-class OSB facility later this year. Thanks to everyone for making this happen safely.”
Corrigan OSB, L.L.C. is the only greenfield OSB plant under construction in the country and, upon its completion, will ship its products throughout the U.S. OSB is primarily used for roof and wall sheathing in residential construction.
Named a 2016 Manufacturer of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, RoyOMartin has also earned accolades for its safety and employee-development programs, including WoodWorks and RoyOMartin University.
“We’ll extend our philosophy of being ‘employer of choice’ and ‘vendor of choice’ to this region, while maintaining the stability of a well-established, family-held company committed to its stakeholders,” said RoyOMartin CEO Roy O. Martin.