Georgia-Pacific plans to invest $120 million and build a new sawmill at its existing sawmill site in Pineland, Tex. Construction is expected to begin early next year and completed in late 2022.
The new sawmill will replace the existing stud mill that was built in the 1960s. The new mill will have the ability to produce 450MMBF of dimension lumber annually compared to the 380MMBF it can currently produce. It should also increase the daily truckloads of logs from 250 to 300.
The investment will also expand its log yard storage, add a new debarker, log processing line, continuous dry kiln, and new high-speed planer.
The Pineland Lumber Complex was built in the 1910s and is the largest business in Sabine County. Georgia-Pacific states it chose to expand the Pineland site for many reasons, including the area’s workforce and natural resources.
GP Lumber President Fritz Mason comments, “With the mill favorably located in the middle of the southern pine forest of deep east Texas coupled with an experienced workforce that dates back to several generations, Pineland Lumber is well-positioned to prosper for years to come.”
The Pineland complex was part of a massive deal in 2016 when GP purchased the Temple-Inland Building Products operations from International Paper in 2016. IP had acquired Temple-Inland in 2012.
Temple-Inland built and operated lumber operations at Pineville for decades and started up a high-tech sawmill there in 2001. BID Group received the order from GP for the new sawmill. BID will manage, design, build, equip and provide full startup services. The new operation will incorporate BID’s “best-in-class” wood processing technologies including equipment, software, automation systems, and AI-enabled optimization.
Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Editor, Timber Processing January/February 2024
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