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Canfor Expands Fulton, Alabama, Production Operations

Integrated forest products company Canfor Corp. plans to expand production operations in Fulton, Alabama. The $19.3 million project is expected to create 64 jobs in Clarke County.

The investment will include a second production shift at the company’s existing facility as it closes its mill in Jackson.

“Canfor’s recent investments in Southern Alabama demonstrate our commitment to Clarke County and build upon a proud history of operations in the region, said Lee Goodloe, president of Canfor Southern Pine. “We appreciate our employees, and our strong relationships with suppliers, contractors, partners, and customers. Consolidating our operations in Southern Alabama in modernized facilities — with leading technologies and innovation — will enable Canfor to better serve our local and global customers while providing more sustainable jobs and improved working conditions for our employees.”

To support the project the Clarke County Commission, along with the Town of Fulton, approved a 10-year tax abatement on the new installation of the #3 continuous dry kiln, fire protection upgrades, blower system upgrade and planer mill/kiln access road..

“Canfor’s strategic optimization plan reinforces the company’s commitment to Alabama, and its production expansion in Fulton will provide a long-term benefit to rural Clarke County in the form of a competitive and modernized facility,” noted Brenda Tuck, Rural Development Manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce.

In addition, the Town of Fulton is receiving $400,000 in grants to upgrade the town’s sewer capacity, due to the growth. The funding is split between ADECA’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Delta Regional Authority Funds, administered through the Alabama Tombigbee Regional Planning Commission.

“We are excited to see Canfor grow in our region and look forward to many years of success and growth with them and other wood products companies here in the heart of the wood basket,” added Rosalyn Sales, executive director of Economic Development for Clarke and Washington counties.

Canfor manufactures high-quality dimension lumber, value-added finishing products, and top-quality pulp & paper. The company also produces wood pellets and green energy.

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