New OSB plant approved by town leaders

DULUTH, Minn. -- The city council of Cohasset City, Minn., unanimously approved plans for Huber Engineered Woods' new OSB manufacturing plant.

The company wants to build a $440 million, 750,000-square-foot facility on 200 acres of property adjacent to Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset, a town about 85 miles from Duluth.

Huber Engineered Woods told the council members that the facility will create about 150 jobs.

 In January, 2021, the reported that the company had revised its Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) that provided more detail on the project's carbon footprint, especially regarding the effects of generating much of the facility's energy needs through wood fuels, and the carbon sequestration effects of the facility's finished wood products, according to an HEW statement.

The mill would manufacture wall and roof sheathing, integrated structural panels, and high-performance subflooring, the company said.

“We appreciate the feedback we received from community members and stakeholders, and we revised the EAW accordingly to take into account the feedback we received,” said Brian Carlson, company president. “We intend to continue working with interested parties to move the project toward construction.”


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