From staff reports
This Friday, January 30 will be both an exciting and memorable day in Winston County as Winston Plywoood and Veneer hosts their groundbreaking ceremony with Governor Phil Bryant. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.
Along with Governor Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Brent Christensen Executive Director of the MS Development Authority, Dr. Richard Baldwin, and Andy Bursky Chairman of the Atlas Group are all scheduled to attend the ground breaking.
Winston Plywood and Veneer owners had planned on celebrating an opening and hiring in May 2014 but the April 28 tornado change those plans but not the company’s commitment to Winston County.
Atlas Holdings and Wood Resources had merged with Natron Wood Products in March 2014 and had been preparing to make the announcement and open the new factory, Winston Plywood and Veneer, when the April 28 tornado destroyed the facility.
Winston Plywood and Veneer President and General Manager Dr. Richard F. Baldwin noted that the company has been moving forward with its strategic plan along with hiring some key personnel for the facility’s future.
“We have a rough outline for moving forward in three stages,” said Baldwin.
The cleanup is complete, the plans are in place for the newly designed facility and the company is partnering up to have workers trained for the new positions.
City leaders, Baldwin and others have been working with ECCC and others to start planning for training a workforce once the timeline for hiring is in place.
Baldwin at a September Louisville Rotary Club noted that they are moving forward as quickly as possible and are focused on getting the job done but want it done in the best possible way.
The new city owned facility is start construction with $10 million insurance funds from the loss of the old building and about $34 million in federal and state funds along with investments from the company for the estimated over $46 million planned facility.