Meherrin River Forest Products, a lumber processor, will invest $1.8 million to locate its operations in Halifax County, creating 40 jobs during the next three years in Weldon, North Carolina.
Meherrin River Forest Products is a producer of hardwood lumber. The company currently operates a production facility in Alberta, Virginia, about 50 miles from Weldon, NC. Meherrin River plans to acquire and repair the sawmill facility that was once the headquarters for Coastal Lumber.
“We are blessed with the opportunity to partner with the community of Weldon and Halifax County in the restoration of the facility and a portion of the 150 plus jobs previously lost,” said Don Bright, President, Meherrin River Forest Products. “This acquisition will allow for us to continue our growth and help meet a growing customer demand for both domestic and export hardwood products. I am confident positive effects will be felt both locally and throughout state. It is time for America to get back to work and North Carolina is a great place to start."
“Our state has abundant natural resources and this project is a great opportunity for us to use those assets to create jobs,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “We welcome Meherrin River Forest Products to Halifax County and wish them continued success in North Carolina.”
“North Carolina has the highly-skilled workforce that companies need to be competitive in a global economy,” said Sharon Decker, N.C. Secretary of Commerce. “Meherrin River Forest Products’ decision to locate in Halifax County will provide employment opportunities for an area that was hit hard by the recession.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $80,000. The grant is contingent upon proof of job creation and receipt of a local funding match. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.
Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Halifax County, Town of Weldon and the Halifax County Economic Development Commission.