Georgia-Pacific announced that their Pineland Lumber Complex in Texas will undergo $120 million in additions and improvements in an effort to modernize and increase the mill’s overall production capabilities.
The modifications include a new sawmill which will replace the existing stud mill that was built in the 1960s. Construction is expected to begin early next year and is scheduled to be completed in late 2022.
Currently, the mill has the capacity to produce 380 million board feet of dimensional lumber each year, but when the new mill is operational and running at full capacity the production will increase to 450 million board feet — equivalent to the amount of lumber needed to build 30,000 houses per year.
In order to meet increased capacity, the Pineland Lumber Complex will also expand its log yard storage and incorporate a new debarking and log processing line. Additionally, a continuous dry kiln will help ensure production capacity while a new high-speed planer will replace the current vintage equipment that was installed in the 1960s.
According to Georgia-Pacific Lumber President Fritz Mason, Pineland was selected for the expansion for many reasons, including the area’s workforce and natural resources. Mason added, “This mill has a long history in Sabine County, which dates back to 1910.”
“With the mill favorably located in the middle of the Southern Pine Forest of deep East Texas coupled with an experienced workforce that dates back to several generations, Pineland Lumber is well positioned to prosper for years to come,” he added.