Just months after the announcement of a state-of-the-art lumber mill in Weldon, N.C., Roseburg Forest Products has purchased an additional 30,000 acres of timberland in Halifax County, N.C., and southeast Virginia. The well-managed loblolly pine plantations are in addition to the 158,000 acres of timberland that Roseburg owns in the Roanoke Valley area, making it the largest private timberland owner in the region.
“This expansion is just another example of our commitment to the Weldon community and investment in the surrounding Halifax County area,” Roseburg Senior Vice President of Resources Scott Folk said. “The addition of these high-quality properties to our existing Roanoke Tree Farm allows us to add more scale and operational efficiency to our southeastern timber operations.”
In addition to this latest acquisition, Roseburg expects to break ground on Roanoke Valley Lumber in the first quarter of 2022 with startup scheduled for later in the year. The new 375,000-square-foot facility located on approximately 200 acres of land in Weldon will bring 137 jobs to the area over the next two years. The sawmill will be capable of producing as many as 400 million board feet of dimensional lumber per year, making it one of the highest-capacity mills on the East Coast.
New Billboards Up In Halifax County
Roseburg has leased billboard space in and around the future location of the Roanoke Valley Lumber mill. A total of three billboards have been rented, two of which are up now. The third will appear in the coming weeks. Current messaging expresses the company’s gratitude and excitement to join the community. Future messages will contain information about hiring and jobs as construction advances. Learn more about the project at www.roanokevalleylumber.com.
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