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Oregon-based forest products firm to open plant in Chester

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Roseburg Forest Products announced Tuesday it would be locating a new engineered wood products plant in Chester County. The development is expected to lead to the creation of more than 145 jobs.

The privately owned, integrated forest products company is based in Springfield, Ore., and has more than 3,000 employees in the United States.

“This is an exciting strategic growth opportunity in a business that has done well for us. With the continued increase in housing starts in the southeastern U.S., we see ongoing demand growth for engineered wood products in the region and elsewhere,” said Grady Mulbery, president and CEO of Roseburg Forest Products. “We are grateful to state and local officials in Chester for their hard work and collaborative efforts to facilitate this project.”

Roseburg features a portfolio of products that includes lumber, softwood plywood, composite panels, engineered wood, wood chips and more. With a strong focus on environmental stewardship and sustainability, the company markets products to customers throughout North America. It also owns and sustainably manages more than 630,000 acres of timberland in Oregon and California.

“South Carolina continues to see its manufacturing and agribusiness sectors grow and create jobs,” said Bobby Hitt Secretary of Commerce. “Roseburg Forest Products’ new investment builds on our state’s success in those sectors and strengthens our global reputation.”

Located off S.C. Highway 9, six miles east of Chester, Roseburg’s new plant will manufacture structural beams used in residential and commercial construction.

“Chester County is very proud to welcome Roseburg Forest Products. Their decision to invest in Chester County, creating needed jobs and making a sizeable capital investment will benefit our community,” said K. Shane Stuart Chester County Supervisor. “This is further proof that Chester County is a great place to live and do business, and we stand ready to assist them as they become one of our industrial partners.”

Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in spring 2018, and career information will soon be available on Ready SC’s website.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. 

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