Roseburg Forest Products, one of North America’s major manufacturers of softwood and hardwood plywood, lumber, LVL and I-joists, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday (5-24-22) at the site of its new Roanoke Valley Lumber Sawmill located in Weldon, North Carolina. Last summer, the company announced it planned to further expand its operations in the Southeastern U.S., with the new 375,000-square-foot, high-capacity dimensional lumber mill.
The company carefully selected the site for this new mill, with criteria including market demand, business climate, and workforce availability at the top of the list. Since the initial announcement, extensive preparation has occurred at the 200-acre Roanoke Valley Lumber site, former home to a Roanoke Valley Energy facility, to prepare for construction.
Roseburg has contracted with BID Group to design, build, and equip the sawmill complex. The mill is expected to create more than 135 jobs in the first two years.
In remarks prepared for the groundbreaking ceremony, Adam Redd, Roanoke Valley Lumber plant manager, said:
“Roseburg has been the largest private timberland owner in the Roanoke Valley area since 2017, with nearly 200,000 acres of timberland in North Carolina and Virginia. This new sawmill advances Roseburg’s strategy of vertical integration—owning the trees and the facilities to process them—from the West Coast to the Southeast. It reflects our long-term commitment to the Roanoke area, which has welcomed us to the community with open arms.”
Roseburg currently has 13 manufacturing facilities in North America, including the country’s second largest short lumber stud mill in Dillard, Oregon. The company owns and sustainably manages more than 600,000 acres of timberland in Oregon, North Carolina, and Virginia.
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Roseburg breaks ground on new sawmill in Weldon, N.C.