Canfor’s Urbana sawmill will add second shift with firing of new drying kiln

Magnolia Reporter
October 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

Canfor Southern Pine, the operating company for Canfor’s operations in the United States, has made an investment of $8.8 million for upgrades at its sawmill in Urbana (Union County). “We are installing a third continuous dry kiln so we can increase lumber production substantially and add a second shift early in 2018,” said Derek Ratchford, Canfor Southern Pine’s regional manager for Arkansas. “It will lead potentially to 36 new jobs at the mill, an increased demand on local harvesting operations, and help us meet the growing demand for quality southern yellow pine lumber in the U.S.” … Since the acquisition [of Anthony Forest Products] in 2015, Canfor has invested $7 million at Urbana with plans for an addition $13 million to be spent from now through 2020.

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