Canfor Investing $130M to Expand Arkansas SYP Mill

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Originally Published by: LBM Journal — April 25, 2022
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Canfor Corporation has announced it will invest approximately $130 million to significantly upgrade and expand its sawmill and planer facility located in Urbana in Union County, Arkansas. The investment will enhance manufacturing, and increase annual production at the facility by 115 million board feet, the company says. The investment aligns with Canfor’s growth and diversification strategy to keep pace with growing customer demand.

“We are excited to be investing in our Urbana facility with state-of-the-art technology to modernize the work environment for our valued employees and significantly increase our ability to produce sustainable wood products that will meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Don Kayne, president and CEO, Canfor.

“With more than 19 million acres of forestland and a ready-made labor force, timber plays an important role in the Arkansas economy,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “It is only natural that Canfor chose to expand their operations in Urbana and invest in the workforce and the community.”

“I am pleased that Canfor has decided to invest in its Urbana mill,” Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “Arkansas has abundant natural resources and skilled labor in the timber industry that will help Canfor meet the growing demands of its customers.”

The upgrades include major improvements to the planer, sawmill, and log yard and are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2022 and will take approximately 18 months to complete.