Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products has just recently announced their first East Coast plant in the heart of Chester, SC. The company confirmed the new project yesterday at a joint news conference with South Carolina and Chester County officials.
“This is an exciting strategic growth opportunity in a business that has done well for us,” Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery said. “With the continued increase in housing starts in the southeastern U.S., we see ongoing demand growth for engineered wood products in the region and elsewhere. We are grateful to state and local officials in Chester for their hard work and collaborative efforts to facilitate this project.”
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Groundbreaking for the new $200 million 450,000 square-foot facility is now planned for early 2018, with a scheduled open date set for mid-2019. It’s expected to create at least 148 full-time jobs.
“This new plant will be the most technologically advanced manufacturing facility of its kind in the world with the highest capacity continuous LVL press in the world,” said Steve Killgore, Roseburg’s Senior Vice President of Solid Wood Business. “Expanding our manufacturing capacity in this way allows us to meet growing customer demand for a versatile product that combines the best of modern processing technology and structural capability.”
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This new plant is part of over $1 billion of new development coming to Chester County, most of which is coming from the incoming Giti Tire global facility, which now expects to create over 1,7000 jobs over the next 10 years.
If you’re interested in applying for a new position at Roseburg’s new plant, you can visit ReadySC.com’s website.