TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Westervelt Company, a lumber producer of primarily Southern Yellow Pine, has announced that the location for its new lumber mill will be in Thomasville, Alabama.
With construction set to begin mid-2019, the new mill will complement Westervelt's existing lumber mill in Moundville, Alabama, which the company says is the second-largest production facility of Southern Yellow Pine in the U.S.
"This new mill represents our commitment to the State of Alabama and to the region," says Brian Luoma, Westervelt president and CEO. "South Alabama was always our preferred location, and the local community offers the workforce and resources that will support our long-term strategy for this facility."
The facility is expected to create 125 new jobs and produce around 250 million board feet of lumber annually. The expansion will take advantage of the proximity of the company's timberland and other facilities, as well as workforce and existing customer bases.
"We are extremely happy that The Westervelt Company has elected to make a large capital investment in Clarke County and the Alabama-Tombigbee Region," says Frank Dobson, Director of Development, Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission. "The company has a strong history with the State of Alabama and will provide good jobs to our area while continuing their legacy of stewardship."
Founded in 1884, Westervelt is currently in its fourth generation of family leadership and produces a large number of products from Southern Yellow Pine, including lumber poles. The company is recognized for excellence in sustainable forest management, responsibly sourced forest products and services, natural resource stewardship, and ecosystem conservation.
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