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International Beams Plans $20 Million Manufacturing Center In Dothan, Alabama

International Beams, a producer of engineered wood products, will invest nearly $20 million to open a manufacturing facility near Dothan, Alabama. The facility will produce innovative timber panels and beams using Southern Pine lumber.

IB said its project will create 60 full-time jobs on a two-shift operation, with the possibility that figure could rise by 25 positions over a five-year period. Anticipated capital investment in the new facility is $19.6 million.

“Dothan, a city known for its manufacturing and agribusiness industries, is the perfect place to build the expert staff that will grow the engineered wood products market,” IB Chief Executive Bruno Lebel said. “We’re excited about this new venture and look forward to being a driving force for Dothan’s economy.”

IB’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will be located in a 227,000-square-foot existing building south of Dothan in Henry County. It will serve as the production site for two new IB products, cross-laminated timber panels, called CLT, and glue laminated beams, or GLU-LAM.

The company said its Alabama facility will be the first of its kind in the Eastern United States and the only one to use Southern Pine as its primary raw material.

“IB’s decision to locate this innovative, technologically advanced manufacturing facility in Dothan sends a clear message to the world that Alabama is an ideal destination for investment and job creation,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “This project will create good jobs and new opportunities for area residents, and we look forward to helping IB find a sweet home in Alabama,” she added.

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