LAURINBURG, N.C. - A North Carolina-based maker of wood pallets, high-grade lumber, and wood chips is seeing substantial growth.
 
Edwards Wood Products will invest $30 million in a new sawmill and create 46 jobs over the next three years.
 
A performance-based $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate the construction of the facility. The One N.C. Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. 
 
"We are excited to expand our operations in Scotland County," said Jeff Edwards, president at Edwards Wood Products. "We have partnered with Scotland County and the City of Laurinburg since our initial investment there in 1990 and look forward to expanding that relationship with this new facility. Thank you to Governor Cooper, Senators Tommy Tucker and Tom McInnis, as well as all the state and local officials for supporting this project and helping to bring it to reality."
 
Salaries for the new positions will vary, but will average $42,391. The average county wage is $34,037.
 
A "phase two" is also being planned, including an additional $20 million investment.
 
Edwards Wood Products is one of the largest producers of wood pallets, high-grade lumber, wood chips, and crane and bridge mats in the southeastern U.S. The company has four other manufacturing plants throughout North and South Carolina.