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Westervelt Completes New SYP Mill

On March 5, the completion of Westervelt Lumber’s Thomasville, Al., mill was celebrated, as the first load of lumber left the facility, purchased by Great Southern Wood Preserving.

On March 5, the completion of Westervelt Lumber’s Thomasville, Al., mill was celebrated, as the first load of lumber left the facility, purchased by Great Southern Wood Preserving.

“We just saw our first load of lumber leave the Thomasville facility, and it brings us full circle from almost two years ago when this project began as an idea and a strategy, to a fully operational mill and the shipment of our first load of lumber,” noted president and CEO Brian Luoma. “This is the first day of the future for Westervelt, and this is an event that changes the company.”

The Thomasville facility will produce 250 million bd. ft. annually. Its Clarke County location will take advantage of the proximity of the company’s timberland and existing customer base. In the coming months, the workforce of 125 will be fully staffed as the second shift starts up in the second quarter of this year.

Managed by Steve Metz, the mill complements Westervelt’s flagship lumber facility in Moundville, Al.

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