West Fraser Grows Newberry County Operations with Third Expansion in 10 Years
$17.7 million investment will create 30 new jobs
West Fraser, one of the largest timber producers in North America, today announced it is growing its Newberry County sawmill operations with its third expansion in 10 years. The $17.7 million investment will create 30 new jobs.
Founded by three brothers in 1955, West Fraser is a diversified wood products company that manufactures lumber, engineered wood and other products including pulp, newsprint, wood chips and renewable energy. Its products are used in home construction, repair and remodeling, industrial applications, papers, tissue and box materials.
Much like the 2014 and 2016 projects, the expansion of the facility located at 3287 College Street in Newbery will help West Fraser modernize and increase productivity. The company purchased an additional 60 acres of land to accommodate the growth. There are more than 60 West Fraser operations in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Operations are expected to be online in early 2024. Individuals who are interested in joining the West Fraser team should visit the company’s jobs board.
“West Fraser is excited to grow our presence in Newberry County. This expansion and upgrades will ensure our Newberry facility is well equipped to compete in the global lumber markets and provide quality products to our customers for many years to come. Many thanks to the county of Newberry and the greater Newberry community, who supported this project and built a competitive investment climate with a skilled labor force, making Newberry an ideal community to grow our business.” – West Fraser Vice President of Capital and Technology Chuck Watkins
“We are proud that Newberry County proves to be a viable location for West Fraser. By providing a strong and dedicated workforce and supporting West Fraser’s vision, South Carolina plays a pivotal role in helping the company continue to expand its South Carolina presence.” – Gov. Henry McMaster
“Today’s expansion announcement from West Fraser further enhances South Carolina’s booming agribusiness industry. Congratulations to the company and Newberry County on continuing such a prosperous partnership.” – Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“West Fraser’s continuing investments in its Newberry sawmilling operations reflects its confidence in our state’s resilient forest resource and the many landowners who sustainably manage their forestland. The abundance of healthy, fast-growing and privately managed wood in South Carolina makes the Palmetto State ripe for forest product-based capital investment and helps power our industry’s $23 billion economic impact.” – State Forester Scott Phillips
“West Fraser is a very important part of Newberry County. This expansion includes a significant financial investment and the addition of stable, good paying jobs to our community, which is a great win for everyone in Newberry County. This addition also helps to ensure their continued presence in Newberry County for years to come” – Newberry County Council Chairman Todd Johnson
Five Fast Facts
- West Fraser grows its Newberry County sawmill operations with its third expansion in 10 years.
- The company’s $17.7 million investment will create 30 new jobs.
- West Fraser is a diversified timber products company.
- The company is located at 3287 College Street in Newberry, S.C.
- Individuals interested in joining the West Fraser team should visit the company’s careers page.
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Source: South Carolina Department of Commerce