DIERKS, Ar. - Wood product giant Weyerhaeuser's $190 million upgrade to one of its sawmills in Arkansas is finally complete.
The improved mill was first proposed in 2015, when the company announced it would replace the site's former mill - originally built 100 years ago. The upgraded mill is able to produce around 380 million board feet of lumber per year.
Currently, 230 employees work at the mill. More could be added in the future.
Local officials say Weyerhaeuser's presence is huge for the rural town of Dierks, which has a population of just over 1,100.
Weyerhaeuser owns or controls more than 13 million acres of timberlands, located primarily in the United States. It also manages additional timberlands in Canada under long-term licenses.
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