Construction has begun on a new state-of-the-art lumber mill in Pike County. Rex Lumber officials and county and state dignitaries dug their shovels into the dirt for the first time on the 214-acre site that will become the home to the massive facility.

“This is a very exciting and important event,” said Marsha Gaylard, president of the Pike County Economic Development Corporation. “The economic impact on Pike County and the surrounding area will be tremendous.” The site is located off of County Road 7714 and has already been completely cleared and prepared for construction to begin. Rex Lumber officials expect the facility to be operational by June 2019.

“This is indeed a great day for Pike County,” said Robin Sullivan, chairman of the Pike County Commission. “It’s a big deal for Pike County to get a company of this magnitude providing quality jobs, good pay and pumping that much money back into our economy.”

Rex Lumber, founded in the 1920s by W.D. McRae, continues to be owned and operated by the Finley McRae family of Graceville, Florida. Several members of the McRae family, including Finley McRae, were present for the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Working with the McRae family and these employees has been on of the most pleasant experiences I’ve had,” Gaylard said. Caroline Dauzat, one of the owners of the family-operated company, thanked everyone that has come together to bring the company’s newest site to Pike County.

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