Jacob Wadlington — a Trigg County Kentucky native who founded PJ Clark Lumber, based in Coppell, Texas, earlier this year — is returning to his family roots. Wadlington’s family has owned TW Lumber in Cadiz Kentucky and operated a sawmill there for over 25 years. Wadlington has announced that he will be opening a new lumber facility on Cerulean Road in Cadiz. PJ Clark will occupy the former Little River Dry Kiln facility, an operation that includes 11 dry kilns, a planner and grading facility, and a warehouse on 23 acres. Prior to Little River Dry Kiln, the site was Bailey Lumber Company for many years.
The Cadiz operation will begin with the production of kiln-dried softwood and hardwood lumber. PJ Clark will source lumber from local partners in Kentucky to be kiln-dried and processed, with the final product distributed for residential construction. Company leaders expect to create 13 full-time jobs during the first year of operation and increasing to a staff of at least 35 by 2023. The location of PJ Clark in Cadiz and Trigg County will represent a $5 million investment.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has preliminarily approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $750,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of $5 million and annual targets of creating and maintaining 35 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 15 years and paying an average hourly wage of $23 including benefits across those jobs.
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PJ Clark Lumber to Open Cadiz Facility, Create 35 Jobs