Governor Robert Bentley announced this week that Two Rivers Lumber Co. plans to invest $65 million to build a state-of-the-art sawmill in Demopolis that will create 55 jobs initially and a total of 95 eventually.

“I am committed to helping the rural areas of the great state of Alabama become more prosperous through business growth and the creation of new jobs,” Governor Bentley said. “This investment from Two Rivers Lumber Co. will provide well-paying jobs to Alabama citizens and drive economic growth in Marengo County.

“Our partnership with the company perfectly aligns with the goals we’ve set to help the state’s rural counties,” he added.

Two Rivers Lumber is a new operation, and this is the company’s first mill. The new Alabama sawmill will be located just south of where the Black Warrior and Tombigbee rivers come together, inspiring the company’s name. Two Rivers plans to produce all sizes of Southern Yellow Pine dimensional lumber and market it throughout the United States.

“We are excited about building a new sawmill in west Alabama and what it will mean to local landowners as well as bringing quality manufacturing jobs to the area,” said Jay McElroy, a principal in Two Rivers. “Planning began over a year ago and this project would not be possible without support from the City of Demopolis, the State of Alabama, and our lender, Alabama Ag Credit. We have a long family history in the area, with all our businesses being tied to the Southern Yellow Pine,” McElroy continued. “We are very pleased to continue this tradition.”

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