Roseburg Forest Products announced an expansion of its operations in the southeastern United States with construction of a new engineered wood products plant in Chester, S.C. The company publicly announced the project July 11, 2017 at a joint news conference with officials representing the state of South Carolina and Chester County.
According to the announcement, the new plant is expected to make Roseburg the largest U.S. manufacturer of engineered wood products serving independent distributors without captive distribution. The new greenfield project will provide current and new customers access to a stable supply of high-quality LVL product.
Roseburg plans to close on the property within the next 30 days. The project is contingent upon resolving terms and conditions with local and state officials, finalizing agreements and receiving approval of permits.
Grady Mulbery, Roseburg’s President and CEO, commented:
“This is an exciting strategic growth opportunity in a business that has done well for us. With the continued increase in housing starts in the southeastern U.S., we see ongoing demand growth for engineered wood products in the region and elsewhere. We are grateful to state and local officials in Chester for their hard work and collaborative efforts to facilitate this project.”
Roseburg first established its engineered wood products business in 2001 and currently manufactures RFPI® Joists, RigidLam® LVL and RigidRim® rimboard at its plant in Riddle, Ore. A significant percentage of the company’s engineered wood customers are located in the southeastern portion of the country.
Earlier Roseburg sold thermally fused melamine laminates producing plant in the US.
The company is one of North America’s leading producers of particleboard and thermally fused laminates. It also manufactures softwood and hardwood plywood, lumber, LVL and I-joists. Roseburg owns 630,000 acres of timberland in Oregon and Northern California. Its products are shipped throughout North America and the Pacific Rim.