Weyerhaeuser plans to re-start production on its Trus Joist® TJI® joists and Microllam® LVL lines in Evergreen, Alabama, effective immediately.
The facility has been closed for 4 years due to weak wood products demand in North America. The Evergreen Trus Joist facility was acquired by Weyerhaeuser in 2000 and has an estimated annual production of 2 million cubic feet of Microllam LVL and 120 million lineal feet of TJI Joists.
Weyerhaeuser plans to hire 100 new employees at the facility by the end of 2014.
J.D. Irving Limited Sawmills Division plans to invest $30 million in a new state-of-the-art Softwood sawmill at Ashland (Nashville Plantation), Maine.
Biomass boilers, dry kilns, and a planer mill will also be part of the investment. Construction will begin shortly, pending favorable permitting; and the new mill is expected to open in late Spring of 2014.
The softwood lumber produced at this new facility will provide customers their choice of products that are environmentally certified under the Forest Stewardship (FSC) Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) programs. The majority of the lumber produced will be sold to major retail lumber yards located throughout the US Eastern Seaboard.
The round wood log supply for the new sawmill will be procured from the company’s Maine freehold woodlands as well as other woodlot and timberland owners in the state.
The company has reached an agreement with the United Steel Workers Union (USW) to certify the site.
During the construction phase, the new facility will employ up to 50 people at peak. Once the mill is operating, 60 permanent jobs will be created.
Weyerhaeuser to re-start south Alabama mill (Weyerhaeuser)
Irving Sawmills Division Invests to Open Ashland Sawmill – Creating 60 Jobs (J.D. Irving)