Officials from Hankins Lumber Co. announced that the company is reopening its southern yellow pine lumber facility in Grenada, Miss. following a 15 month closure due to the downturn in the economy. The project includes a $1.5 million investment and is creating 120 jobs, many of which will be filled by former employees.

“We are pleased that we are able to reopen our facility and bring our employees back to work,” says Al Hankins, Hankins Lumber Company President. “It was difficult to have to close the operation down for any length of time, but with the resurgence of the housing market and the renewed demands for timber products, we believe it now makes economic sense to reinvest in the business. We are eager to hire our employees back and get started.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project to refurbish a rail spur that services the company’s site. Grenada County provided assistance for the project as well.

Hankins Lumber Co. began operations in 1972. The company uses southern yellow pine from throughout the state of Mississippi to produce its dimension lumber and boards.

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