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Weyerhaeuser Upgrades Softwood Lumber Mill In Philadelphia, Mississippi

Weyerhaeuser plans to make a significant capital investment over a three-year period to install two continuous direct fired kilns and a new planer mill at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

“Customer demand for lumber products has improved over the last year, and we are excited for this reinvestment opportunity at Philadelphia,” said Stan Webb, Unit Manager at Weyerhaeuser’s lumber mill in Philadelphia, Mississippi. “With strengthening markets and positive support from both the Mississippi and Community Development Authorities, we’re looking forward to beginning work on these projects. I’d like to thank our associates and leadership team for delivering results that earn the right for capital. We also appreciate the support we’ve received from our local, state and federal officials.”

Weyerhaeuser’s Philadelphia lumber mill is one of the longest-running manufacturing facilities in the company. The mill was purchased from DeWeese Lumber Company in 1967 and currently employs approximately 188 people. The mill produces approximately 220 million board feet of Southern Yellow Pine two-inch dimension lumber, 2×4 through 2×12. Products are shipped to more than 140 customers in 30 states throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast.

In Mississippi, Weyerhaeuser also operates lumber mills in Bruce and Magnolia/McComb, cellulose fibers and modified fibers facilities in Columbus, real estate development in Columbus and Hattiesburg, and a building materials distribution center in Long Beach. Additionally, Weyerhaeuser sustainably manages more than 811,000 acres of timberland in 53 counties.

To launch these projects, the company has been working with the Mississippi Development Authority, Community Development Partnership in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Senator Giles Ward, Representative C. Scott Bounds, and other state and local officials. With the help and assistance of these groups and individuals, the investments will help Weyerhaeuser retain existing jobs, expand product-line offerings and improve competitiveness and long-term viability.

“Weyerhaeuser is a valued member of Mississippi’s business community, with locations throughout the state,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “The company is a great example of manufacturing success and its Philadelphia operations are very important to the workers and families in this area. I appreciate Weyerhaeuser’s continued investment in this facility and community and look forward to our continued strong relationship.”

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