South Carolina’s Bureau of Air Quality approved an air quality and construction permit for Austria’s Klausner, which, through its U.S.-based office, appears to be moving forward with building a sawmill on 248 acres between Rowesville and Orangeburg. An official announcement from the company and the state had yet to be made, as of this writing, but many people expected one to be forthcoming.
Klausner has a North America office in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The company operates two sawmills in Germany, while maintaining headquarters in Tyrol, Austria. Klausner is already planning two build sawmills at Halifax County, North Carolina and Suwannee County, Florida.
The official announcement for the North Carolina plant from Governor Bev Perdue came in late December, which said the plant will create 350 jobs and that Klausner will invest $110 million, and that the project will include state grants from the Job Development Investment Grant and the One North Carolina Fund.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced in late January that Klausner will build a sawmill in Florida, including a $130 million investment. In total, 14 counties in the North Central Florida region supported the project, according to the governor.
The Florida project is called Klausner Lumber One, while the North Carolina project is Klausner Lumber Two. Those two sawmills, like the one expected to be built in South Carolina, each have a production blueprint of 700MMBF annually. In fact each of the projects appears to be a mirror-image of the others.
Look for the rest of this article in an upcoming issue of Timber Processing magazine.