Angelina Forest Products, LLC announced plans to build a new softwood lumber production plant in Lufkin, Texas. The company purchased the former General Electric Buck Creek site and will begin construction of a $100 million state-of-the-art sawmill this summer with plans to be operational in the second quarter of 2019.
During construction, the project will employ hundreds of workers in Angelina County. When completed, Angelina Forest Products expects to provide careers for more than 100 full-time employees. “This is great news for Angelina County and the surrounding counties. Our regional economy is still heavily dependent on a healthy wood and forest products industry, and this project will certainly have a significant positive impact on the area,” stated State Representative Trent Ashby.
The newly formed leadership team at Angelina Forest Products has more than 100 years of experience in the building products business. Executive Vice President Stephen Raley says the company is proud to locate the mill in Angelina County, where there is a talented work force familiar with the industry. “Lufkin is the best location for the new world-class sawmill. The team is eager to continue the tradition of producing high quality building materials while providing the high quality, career-oriented jobs that are so important to the families in our community,” said Raley.
“We are so excited that 3rd and 4th generations of Lufkin are joining together to create jobs for Angelina County,” said City of Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown. “A sawmill creates jobs not only at the sawmill, but in the forest, in transportation and beyond. Our economy should see a positive change and we look forward to working together to help make this a success story.”
“The City of Lufkin supports the Angelina Forest Products sawmill and their commitment to creating quality jobs and also providing future generations of workers a long-term employment option in Angelina County. This is great news for East Texas, Angelina County and Lufkin,” said Bob Samford, Lufkin Economic Development Director.
The sawmill will produce a full product line of Southern Yellow Pine lumber and will be capable of producing in excess of 220 million board feet annually. The mill expects to receive 600 log trucks a week from timber owners within a 100-mile radius and will ship 200 trucks of finished product per week throughout this area and other parts of the United States.