Natron Wood Products to produce plywood and jobs in Winston County

From staff and press reports

 

While officials estimate it may take six months or more to refurbish the Natron Wood Products building and site, all is moving forward.

A lot of work on the former Georgia Pacific property is necessary after much of the building, equipment and other equipments were salvaged from the property.

The refurbishment phase of the project will bring construction and other employment opportunities to the county and Louisville.

As part of the refurbishment, TVA has awarded a $20,000 grant for lighting repairs at the facility.

The Mississippi Development Authority will provide assistance in support of the project through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Appalachian Regional Commission for modifications and upgrades to the publicly-owned building. Natron Wood Products leases the building from the City of Louisville.

The Louisville Board of Aldermen on April 16 authorized the use of $3,000,000 in Community Development Block Grants for the project with a match from Natron Wood Products. The ARC has also committed up to $400,000 in funds for the project.

Once the 265,000-square-foot facility is refurbished and repaired, Natron Wood Products plans to produce specialty plywood products. Natron Wood Products offers a line of plywood overlay panels, which are commonly referred to as Medium Density Overlay and High Density Overlay. The panels are used primarily in large vertical and horizontal concrete structures and other residential and commercial construction applications. The facility will also produce high-grade marine plywood and sanded plywood products.

The industry will represent an investment of $10 million and will create about 200 new direct jobs and possibly up to 600 indirect jobs. The direct positions will be persons working for Natron Wood Products on the site. The indirect jobs calculated from the industry includes loggers, fuel stations and other related activities to the creation of plywood.

The industry event held May 13 included a plethora of federal, state, county, and local officials. Attendance for the welcoming event estimated about 400 to 600 persons. Dignitaries attending the event included Governor Phil Bryant, Congressman Alan Nunnelee, Congressman Gregg Harper, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, State Senator Giles Ward, State Senator Gary Jackson, State representative Michael Ted Evans, State representative Joey Hood, staff members from TVA, ARC, Mississippi State University Forestry Resources, MDA, county elected officials, city elected officials and elected officials from neighboring counties and cities.

The dignitaries who spoke focused on the result of jobs coming back in the U.S.

“We can get those jobs going again, just like people want to do all over the United States of America. They’re ready to get back to work,” U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) said.

“We are really excited to be in a business-friendly state such as Mississippi, and we have enjoyed building a relationship with Mayor Will Hill and the citizenry of the city of Louisville,” said Natron Wood Products Owner Richard McDougal. “We look forward to the opportunity to expand our operations here, and we are committed to being a positive partner in the community for years to come.”

Congressman Nunnelee reiterated that these jobs will help Winston County and Mississippi prosper.

Congressman Harper added, “These jobs will change lives.”

“We are grateful to Natron Wood Products for recognizing Mississippi is a great place to do business and for revitalizing the former Georgia Pacific manufacturing facility,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen.

“MDA thanks our partners in Winston County and the City of Louisville for their support of this project, and we wish the company years of success in Mississippi.

A luncheon at Lake Tiak O’Khata and reception at Market Café were held to help welcome the new company with both bringing in small crowds of interested parties to welcome the new industry and talk other economic possibilties.

“We are really excited to be in a business-friendly state such as Mississippi, and we have enjoyed building a relationship with Mayor Will Hill and the citizenry of the city of Louisville,” said Natron Wood Products Owner Richard McDougal. “We look forward to the opportunity to expand our operations here, and we are committed to being a positive partner in the community for years to come.”

Natron Wood Products operates as Jasper Wood Products in Jasper, Ore., where the company has been in business for more than 20 years. There, the company produces a number of timber products, including marine plywood, millworks, plyform for heavy concrete pours and interior and exterior fire retardant treating.

They strive to meet the evolving needs of their customers, and are members of the American Plywood Association (APA).For more information, please visit www.jasper-wood-products.com.

The former Georgia Pacific building where Natron is locating operated 40 years on at the facility being repaired and employed about 300 people when it wne idle in 2009 and closed completely in 2011.

GP turned over the facility to the city after the final closing and moving of some equipment.

Senator Roger Wicker welcomes Natron Wood Products to Winston County and Louisville on May 13 and talks about teamwork.

Senator Roger Wicker welcomes Natron Wood Products to Winston County and Louisville on May 13 and talks about teamwork.

Congressman Gregg Harper welcomes Natron Wood Products.

Congressman Gregg Harper welcomes Natron Wood Products.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill who was instrumental in helping Natron Wood Products locate in Louisville and Winston County describes the process of working with the company to locate here and the trip to Oregon with Winston County Economic Development Director Gerald Mills  to seal the deal and finalize the lease of the building.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill who was instrumental in helping Natron Wood Products locate in Louisville and Winston County describes the process of working with the company to locate here and the trip to Oregon with Winston County Economic Development Director Gerald Mills to seal the deal and finalize the lease of the building.

Winston County Board of Supervisors President and District 3 supervisor Mike Peterson welcomes the company.

Winston County Board of Supervisors President and District 3 supervisor Mike Peterson welcomes the company.

Congressman Alan Nunnelee, Congressman Gregg Harper, Senator Roger Wicker, Natron Wood Products CEO Richard McDougal, Gov. Bryant, State Senator Giles Ward, and Mayor Will Hill.

Congressman Alan Nunnelee, Congressman Gregg Harper, Senator Roger Wicker, Natron Wood Products CEO Richard McDougal, Gov. Bryant, State Senator Giles Ward, and Mayor Will Hill.

All the attendees at the May 13 event were invited to sign an example of the plywood that will soon be produced in Winston County by Natron Wood Products. The board was a focal point for many visitors and soon filled with names of persons looking forward to the new industry arriving in Louisville.

All the attendees at the May 13 event were invited to sign an example of the plywood that will soon be produced in Winston County by Natron Wood Products. The board was a focal point for many visitors and soon filled with names of persons looking forward to the new industry arriving in Louisville.

While the media interviewed dignitaries and other attendees, persons took the time to discuss the possibilities of the new industry and the highlight of positive future growth for the county and Louisville.

While the media interviewed dignitaries and other attendees, persons took the time to discuss the possibilities of the new industry and the highlight of positive future growth for the county and Louisville.

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