Klausner, a private Austrian company that operates two sawmills in Germany, draws praise for its lumber milling process and its ambitious efforts in the business world.
But it also has had dust-ups with competitors, a skirmish with an environmental group, and financial struggles related to the economy.
The Klausner Group is headed by Fritz Klausner, who expanded the business’s nearly 100-year-old sawmilling operation in the early 1990s. In addition to its German mills, the company’s holdings include offices in four countries.
One of those offices is in Myrtle Beach. Klausner opened the office in 2000 as part of an agreement to export lumber to the United States, at one time a major market. The company now is looking to build a mill in Orangeburg County.
“You’ll be lucky if you get that kind of operator,’’ University of Georgia forest business professor Tom Harris said. “This is not a fly-by-night scheme. These guys are solid lumber people.’’