Deer Park Lumber, a family-owned hardwood sawmill, will invest $10 million to expand and modernize its manufacturing facility in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. The $10 million project is expected to create eight new jobs over the coming years.
The company is installing a state-of-the-art automated bin sorter along with an optimizing grading system to streamline its materials handling and operations processes. Deer Park Lumber is making a significant investment in automation technology that will position it for long-term competitiveness.
“Deer Park Lumber has long prided itself as one of the best family owned employers in Tunkhannock and Wyoming County,” said Dan DiMeolo, Plant Manager, Deer Park Lumber. “Our commitment to excellence grows knowing that the significant investment we make today secures the future of our business, employees and their families at large. This capital expansion investment will dramatically improve our production capabilities which in turn improves our competitive standing in the global hardwood market.”
The company has received a funding proposal from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for a $3 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan, a $114,000 Pennsylvania First grant, and a $52,800 workforce development grant to help train its new workers.
In conjunction with this project, the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission (NTRPDC) secured for the company a $10,000 grant for website internationalization through DCED’s Office of International Business Development’s (OIBD’s) Global Access Program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration. NTRPDC also worked through OIBD’s authorized trade representative in Mexico to open up additional markets for the company.
“I commend Deer Park Lumber for choosing to grow in Pennsylvania,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “Our prime location, natural resources and thriving manufacturing climate is attractive to expanding companies who are already here as well as businesses looking to establish their first operation in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is the best choice for manufacturers.”
Keystone College, located just a few miles from Deer Park Lumber, will participate in the project by offering valuable information technology expertise to the company as it expands and modernizes.
“Wyoming County is built-on companies committed to growth and community,” said Gina Suydam, President & CEO, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is happy to facilitate partnerships providing companies like Deer Park Lumber the opportunity to realize their goals for expansion.”
Deer Park Lumber Inc. is a second-generation family owned hardwood sawmill. The company purchases native hardwoods such as Red Oak, White Oak, Cherry, Ash, Hard and Soft Maple, Beech, Birch, Poplar, Basswood, Pine and Hemlock from private woodlot owners and ships kiln dried lumber domestically and internationally.