Arauco is permanently closing its MDF production facility in Bennettsville, S.C., effective May 18. Customers will be supported from its other MDF facilities.
In March, the Bennettsville mill was idled related to market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A month later, the company opted to make the closure permanent, based on a broader assessment that the older manufacturing platform is no longer competitive in the prevailing MDF market compared to the company’s other more advanced MDF platforms.
“The decision to close this mill was a difficult one,” said Pablo Franzini, president of Arauco North America. “We are working diligently to provide options for affected employees to help them through a difficult transition. We are committed to meet all of our customers’ needs from our other facilities.”