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American Wood Fibers Expands Schofield, Wisconsin, Operations

American Wood Fibers, Inc., an animal bedding manufacturer, is adding a production line to its operations in Schofield, Wisconsin. The $1.7 million project is expected to create ten jobs over the next three years.

The new production line will convert paper waste, in the form of pure paper fiber, nto paper pellet absorbents for animal cages. The company will purchase the fiber from a Wisconsin-based tissue manufacturer, take it to Schofield and decontaminate, dry, pelletize and package it. Annually, AWF expects to process and sell about 14,000 wet tons of paper fiber, which would have gone to waste.

“This facility will expand our offerings and capabilities, giving us another product to complement the rest of our bedding line,” said Stephen Faehner, president and CEO of American Wood Fibers, Inc. “Because the materials we buy and sell are relatively inexpensive, freight is a huge factor, so we have to be close to the wood streams. Wisconsin’s been one of the leaders in that wood product sector, that’s why it’s been such a good place for us over the last 45 years,” Faehner added.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $56,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits AWF will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.

“American Wood Fibers is making commendable efforts to look after the environment by repurposing other Wisconsin businesses’ waste,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “That, combined with AWF’s job creation, makes this project one WEDC is proud to support.”

American Wood is based in Columbia, Maryland and has ten manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Its products include animal bedding, firewood, premium wood pellets and other commercial, industrial and agricultural products.

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