Central Louisiana to get a new $160 million lumber mill

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Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:43 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:45 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office says a Canadian-based lumber products company is making its first investment in Louisiana, bringing a $160 million mill to Beauregard Parish.

Edwards’ office said in a Tuesday news release that Canfor Corp. expects to hire 130 people with average annual salaries of $59,921 plus benefits.

The sawmill project will be built on a site at the Beauregard Regional Airport near DeRidder and is expected to support 175 construction jobs.

Plans include processing yellow pine trees from Louisiana forests to create various wood products from lumber to paper and pulp.

Operations are expected to begin by the end of third-quarter 2022.

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