Lewis Lumber and Milling, Inc., a producer of unfinished hardwood wide plank flooring, cabinet moldings and components, will establish manufacturing operations in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The $15.2 million project is expected to create 100 jobs over the next three years.
The company has acquired a vacant facility, formerly the Sealy mattress plant, located at 16289 Rt. 322 in Clarion. The investment in this project will include building renovations, new construction, and machinery and equipment.
“Pennsylvania’s hardwoods and forestry industry is known for its quality and sustainability, which made selecting Clarion County as the home of our new manufacturing facility an easy choice,” said Tom Edwards, COO Lewis Lumber. “Pennsylvania also provides a completely different species and population of trees – northern red oaks, white oak, and white hard maple, that we need for our product lines. We look forward to a successful future in the commonwealth.”
The company received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $340,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $200,000 workforce development grant to help train workers, a $2 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program.
“This is the highest capital investment of a Governor’s Action Team project in Clarion County in the last seven years, and DCED is proud to have had a hand in bringing the company to Pennsylvania,” said Neil Weaver, DCED Acting Secretary. “Lewis Lumber will create a significant number of jobs in the region and breathe new life into a formerly vacant building, a win for the community, the company, and the commonwealth.”
“Lewis Lumber’s expansion into Clarion County is a bright sign toward the opportunities surrounding manufacturing and the lumber industry here in northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Jarred Heuer, Executive Director of the Clarion County Economic Development Corporation. “Lewis Lumber is a people-oriented business, which should do very well toward building our local economy and empowering our community. The CCEDC is very excited to welcome them to Clarion County.”
Lewis Lumber and Milling manufacturers high quality unfinished hardwood plank flooring for the quality oriented hardwood flooring distributors. Primary species include White Oak, Red Oak, and Hickory. The company also manufactures lineal cabinet moldings used in the manufacturing of hardwood cabinets.