Biewer Lumber is locating an $85 million state-of-the-art sawmill in Newton, Mississippi. The project is expected to create 125 jobs.
Headquartered in St. Clair, Michigan, Biewer Lumber manufactures and distributes lumber and building materials for use by contractors, builders, and do-it-yourselfers. Biewer customers include retail lumber yards, home centers, and manufacturers throughout the eastern U.S.
“Adding the Newton sawmill to our production capabilities will allow us to better serve our existing customers and to expand our customer base geographically. We are pleased to be locating our new mill in Mississippi, with its abundance of timber, available workforce, and its friendly business environment,” said Biewer Lumber Owner Timothy Biewer.
Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for site preparation and rail and road improvements. In addition, Newton County and the city of Newton also assisted with the project.
Construction of the new sawmill is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2016, with mill production expected to begin in early 2017. Once operational, the new facility will expand the company’s mill production into the South; Biewer currently operates four Midwest-based sawmills, as well as three treatment/distribution centers.
“I am glad to welcome Biewer Lumber as the newest member of the East Mississippi business community and newest business partner to the state. I know the area’s productive workforce and abundant supply of timber will position the company for many years of success in Newton,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “I thank the company for placing its confidence in our supportive business climate and for creating so many new jobs for the area’s workers.”
“We salute the teamwork of the city of Newton, Newton County and the Mid-Mississippi Development District, who partnered with the MDA team to help bring this great company to our state, creating more than 100 career opportunities for Mississippians in Newton County and the surrounding area,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough. “We look forward to Biewer’s successful future in East Mississippi.”