Carpenter Pole and Piling will locate a pole mill in Waynesboro Mississippi. The roughly $3.57 million project is expected to create 15 jobs.
The new facility also will specialize in utility people and piling production. The company will begin operations by the end of August.
“We chose Waynesboro for the location of our new pole facility for the access to the Southern Yellow Pine timber in the area. We are very thankful for the support from the Mississippi Development Authority, Cooperative Energy, the city of Waynesboro and Wayne County. We look forward to many years of a great relationship with surrounding landowners and city and county officials,” Carpenter Pole and Piling Procurement Manager Fant Carpenter said.
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Dixie Electric Power Association, Cooperative Energy’s local electric distribution member, are providing assistance for the project.
“MDA is glad to support Carpenter Pole and Piling as the company brings more than a dozen new jobs to the people of Wayne County. Mississippi, like other states, has faced its share of challenges over the last couple of years, but one thing that has never wavered is our determination to continue our mission of bringing jobs and new investment to communities throughout the state. Today’s announcement continues that momentum and demonstrates how public-private partnerships benefit the citizens of Mississippi and will for generations to come,” noted MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp.
Carpenter Pole and Piling specializes in utility poles for power companies and foundation and marine pilings for new construction. The company currently has a treating plant in Wiggins, where it employs 43 workers, and a treating plant in Picayune, where it employs 12 workers.