Jackson, Mississippi-based CLAW Forestry Services, LLC., announced today (4-28-22) that an affiliate is going to be locating a state-of-the-art sawmill in Gloster, Amite Country, Mississippi. Construction of the new mill is scheduled to begin this summer, with lumber manufacturing starting in late 2023, or early 2024. When complete, the mill is expected to need over 1 million tons of timber to annually produce 250 million board feet of lumber.
The new sawmill facility represents a corporate investment of nearly $200 million and will create 131 direct jobs and support an additional 200 indirect jobs when operating at full capacity. The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure improvements and site development. Amite County also is assisting with the project.
The new facility will be located on 65 acres of land, which includes the former Georgia Pacific site. In connection with the new sawmill facility, efforts are underway to resume operation of the Gloster Southern Railroad to further revitalize industry and jobs in the underserved community.
In a statement prepared for the announcement, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said, “This project is a win-win for Claw Forestry and Amite County. This massive corporate investment will have a tremendous impact on the regional community and will create and support over 330 jobs for Mississippians. Mississippi’s economy is on fire, and this project is further proof of that. Thank you to the entire CLAW Forestry team for their continued commitment to our home state.”
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