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RoyOMartin, Alexandria, La., will invest $8 million at its Chopin, La., plywood and solid wood plant to install a new dry kiln designed to increase timber production.
Additionally, the company will connect to natural gas pipelines, increase log in-feed and out-feed capacity, and expand the facility’s shipping and finishing area. The addition will add 14 jobs, increasing total employment at the facility to nearly 700.
The company’s modernization efforts in Chopin will include upgrades to scanning software and hardware, and upgrades to automated systems, including programmable linear controls and motor variable-frequency drives.
RoyOMartin’s plywood and solid wood facility opened in 1996 with 330 employees. Today, the site employs 680 workers and uses 1.1 million tons of Louisiana pine timber annually. The facility also employs 25 foresters and technicians at its district office on-site.