Canadian-based Canfor Southern Pine, a manufacturer of dimension lumber, will invest $3.6 million to expand its existing lumber production facility in Horry County, South Carolina, with initial plans to create 56 new jobs in the region.
Canfor plans to install a continuous kiln system to increase its lumber drying capacity at its Conway, South Carolina, facility by 50 percent. The expansion is expected to be complete by mid-July of this year.
“We decided to expand our facility in Conway and invest in Horry County because of the quality of the workforce here. We have been pleased with the quality of the employees and low turnover rates in Horry County. In addition to that we were impressed with the incentive package we were offered by the MBREDC and Brad Lofton’s team. These two things helped make the decision to expand here possible,” said Canfor’s Director of Human Resources Debbie Sand.
“It’s exciting to see another South Carolina company decide to increase its operations right here at home. We celebrate Canfor Southern Pine’s decision to invest $3.6 million and create 56 new jobs in Conway. Announcements like this one show that our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workers are helping companies succeed and grow in the Palmetto State,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
“The agribusiness and forestry products sectors have been part of the South Carolina economy for centuries. Canfor’s expansion is another sign that those industries remain strong in the Palmetto State. This expansion also creates jobs that will have an impact in Horry County and throughout the region,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.
“As housing recovers nationally, South Carolina’s forest resource is well-positioned to provide the raw material needed for expanding existing sawmills. Increasing demand for wood products worldwide is a good sign for forest landowners and job seekers. Growing and processing more wood is good for the economy and the environment,” said State Forester Henry E. “Gene” Kodama.