County, municipal law enforcement officers recognized for devotion to duty


LPD Chief Claiborne along with Kayla Rogers and Andy Taylor accepting the cake from Cathy Stevenson, Jimmy Jones and David Morel of Winston Plywood and Veneer.


From staff reports

At a time when some police officers have been targeted with violence in the U.S., The Winston Plywood and Veneer staff took time July 21 to offer support and appreciation for the job local law enforcement officers and firefighters perform in the communities of Louisville and the entire Winston County.

“We wanted them to know we support their work to keep the community safe,” David Morel, Winston Plywood VP of Human Resources/Community Relations said.

The Winston Plywood and Veneer staff provided a card of appreciation and cakes to the Louisville Police Department, Louisville Fire Department and Winston County Sheriff’s office.

“At Winston Plywood, we are about our visions and values,” Jimmy Jones of Winston Plywood said. “We are about safety, the courage to care along with community and service. All of our employees enthusiastically support our recognition of all those in law enforcement and fire department.”

Jones added that in addition to job safety that they also discuss the importance of civility in everyday life. “We discussed the importance of civility at work as well as in life,” Jones said.

“It is always good to see the support from our community members,” LPD Chief L.M. Claiborne said.

Winston Plywood & Veneer is an operating company of New Wood Resources LLC, an Atlas Holdings company. Based in Boise, Idaho, New Wood Resources owns and operates plywood and veneer manufacturing facilities in the Pacific Northwest and Southeastern United States. The new facility in Louisville, Mississippi, operating as Winston Plywood & Veneer, will be one of the most modern and efficient mills in North America and is expected to began making plywood in before the end of September 2016.

The mill will ultimately employ around 400 workers, roughly double the previous mill’s total. In Winston County alone, Winston Plywood & Veneer will create more than 600 jobs (including jobs that support the facility), $28 million in annual wages, and nearly $9 million annually in other local purchases. Across the broader 33-county region, the mill will generate a projected $66 million in annual wages, more than $105 million annually in other local purchases, and over 1,400 total jobs.