If Orangeburg County lands the state’s largest sawmill, it could gain up to 300 jobs and a better option for its timber owners, according to forestry and business officials.
German-based Klausner Holding USA Inc. is considering placing a lumber mill on approximately 248 acres at 3374 Rowesville Road, between Rowesville and Orangeburg.
“If we do land the mill, it would be an absolute positive factor for our landowners,” Orangeburg County Forestry Commission Area Forester Walt Woodrum said. “It will mean an additional market for their wood and it could possibly lead to better timber prices for landowners in our area.”
An air permit application filed with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control says the company wants to produce multi-dimensional, dried lumber and byproducts, such as bark, wood chips, sawdust and dry shavings.
The facility, which could operate around the clock, will have a maximum annual production of 700 million-board-feet per year.