To meet growing customer demand for its engineered wood home siding products, the company plans to convert its operations from the manufacture of oriented strand board to LP SmartSide Trim & Siding, a large-scale conversion project that has the potential for future expansion of a second processing line. The investment will include 134,000 square feet of new construction as well as new machinery and equipment.
“Customer demand for LP SmartSide Trim and Siding is at an all-time high,” said Executive Vice President, General Manager of Siding Jason Ringblom. “To ensure our customers have the product they need to build beautiful, durable homes and structures, capacity expansion projects like our conversion of LP Sagola to the manufacture of LP SmartSide are incredibly important to LP. In addition to supplying the increased demand for?SmartSide, converting LP Sagola to a siding facility positions the mill for years of growth and improved stability, which will benefit our local employees, their families, and the broader community. We are thrilled to welcome LP Sagola to?LP’s?SmartSide?family of mills.”?
The project is being supported by a $325,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. In addition, Sagola Township anticipates approval of a property tax abatement in support of the project, and the MEDC also authorized a State Education Tax abatement to be used with the local abatement.
“This project is an exciting win for the Upper Peninsula and further demonstrates Team Michigan’s commitment to supporting economic opportunities throughout all regions of the state. We appreciate LP Building Solutions’ vote of confidence in Michigan and our talented workforce,” said?Quentin Messer, Jr.,?CEO of the MEDC and President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “We are grateful to the Governor and legislators for the continued support of the Michigan Business Development Program.?We’re proud to join our partners at Invest UP, Sagola Township, and the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance as we celebrate LP Building Solutions’ expansion and look forward to working together to grow, add jobs and provide greater opportunity for our friends and neighbors in the Upper Peninsula.”
LP Building Solutions manufactures uniquely engineered, innovative building products that meet the demands of builders, remodelers, and homeowners worldwide. In addition to product solutions, the company provides industry-leading customer service and warranties. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP operates 25 plants across the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Brazil.
“We are excited to see this significant investment in the LP Sagola facility,” added Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Lois Ellis. “The project will align the plant to produce a high-value product and provide 50 additional family-sustaining jobs with excellent wages and benefits for area residents.”