Weyerhauser to reopen in EvergreenPublished 8:30am Friday, August 23, 2013
A lumber products facility north of Brewton will reopen immediately, with plans to hire 100 new employees by the end of next year, Weyerhauser announced Friday.
The company plans to re-start production on its Trus Joist TJI joists and Microllam LVL lines in Evergreen effective immediately.
Company officials said Weyerhauser will be investing capital in the engineered lumber products facility, which closed four years ago because of weak wood products demand in North America.
Robert “Bob” Doll has been selected as plant manager and will be on site effective Aug. 30.
“Customer demand for engineered wood products has improved over the last year, and our Evergreen facility is the ideal location to add production capacity of our Trus Joist TJI Joists and Microllam LVL building products,” Jan Marrs, manufacturing manager for Weyerhaeuser Engineered Lumber Products, said in a statement. “With our markets improving and positive support from both the state and local community, we are looking forward to re-starting this facility.”
The Evergreen Trus Joist facility was acquired by Weyerhaeuser in 2000 and has an estimated annual production of 2 million cubic feet of Microllam LVL and 120 million lineal feet of TJI Joists.
“We are thrilled to welcome Weyerhaeuser back to Conecuh County. Weyerhaeuser is an excellent company and bringing this plant back on line will have an extraordinarily positive impact on the entire region,” said Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance Chairman Larry Woods.
In Alabama, Weyerhaeuser also operates a lumber manufacturing facility in Millport, a Nursery Tree Improvement Center in Camden and it sustainably manages more than 547,000 acres of timberland in 23 counties.