Roseburg Forest Products has started up its newly constructed engineered wood plant in Chester, S.C., featuring the highest-capacity LVL press in the world.
Reportedly the most technologically advanced manufacturing facility of its kind, the facility will produce laminated veneer lumber headers and beams used in residential and commercial construction. When fully operational, the plant will employ at least 145.
Roseburg did extensive research prior to choosing a location for the new plant, with criteria including market demand, raw materials availability and cost, and business climate front and center.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 28, with South Carolina governor Henry McMaster participating in the festivities. The facility produced its first board on Sept. 19.