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Lumber company expanding Florence mill

Staff Report //March 16, 2018//

Lumber company expanding Florence mill

Staff Report //March 16, 2018//

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Charles Ingram Lumber Co. is making a capital investment of $33 million to expand its existing operation at 4930 Planer Road in Effingham and adding 22 jobs.

“Job creation, investment and expansion in rural areas help power the success of our county as a whole. This company's expansion is good news for Florence County and the Pee Dee area,” Kent Caudle, Florence County Council chairman, said in a statement. 

The family-owned sawmill grows trees for pulpwood and saw timber while operating a lumber mill producing 120 million board feet of Southern Yellow pine annually.

“Ingram Lumber's expansion is a boon for the state's already strong forest products manufacturing sector and reflects the company's confidence in the future of South Carolina's timberland,” Scott Phillips, S.C. state forester, said in a statement. “The abundance of fast-growing and privately managed wood in South Carolina makes the state ripe for these kinds of capital investments.”

The company will be adding a new dry kiln allowing it to dry approximately 70 million board feet of lumber and will begin construction on a new manufacturing line that will provide additional production.

“Strong and growing companies, such as Charles Ingram Lumber Co., are crucial to long-term prosperity in Florence County. Charles Ingram Lumber Co. is led by its third generation of family and provides proof that we are a great place to do business,” Frank Brand, Florence County Economic Development Partnership chairman, said in a statement.

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