Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Wednesday morning that dozens of new jobs are coming to McDavid as the West Fraser sawmill reopens after sitting idle for four years.
As NorthEscambia.com first reported last week, West Fraser is looking to fill over 80 openings for their newly reopened McDavid Mill on Champion Drive. The company has turned to Workforce Escarosa for assistance in filling a long list of positions, which are both hourly and salaried. The company plans to eventually hire up to 100 people.
“We are pleased to be able to restart our McDavid sawmill,” said West Fraser Vice President of U.S. Lumber Operations Sean McLaren.“We are looking forward to training staff who will be working with us and investing capital to improve the mill’s operations.”
In late 2008, the West Fraser McDavid mill was closed, putting about 75 people out of work. The company also closed a mill in Citronelle in 2008, cutting about 100 jobs.
The McDavid mill produces Southern Yellow Pine lumber and has an annual production capacity of about 200 million board feet. At the time it was closed in 2008, the mill was running just one shift, producing about 75 million board feet.