From staff reports
When the trees start rolling in at Winston Plywood and Veneer, they will be getting a lift from a familiar name.
This past week, President & General Manager of Winston Plywood & Veneer Dr. Dick Baldwin signed an agreement to purchase three pieces of equipment from Taylor Machine works.
“This is a great day for Winston County,” said Dr. Baldwin.
With the local purchase of equipment, the agreement has a double impact on the economy.
“This will make a major economic impact,” said CEO and chairman of Louisville-based The Taylor Group Inc., Lex Taylor. Lex Taylor described how the purchase keeps funds and jobs in the local community.
“It is great to have the confidence of Dr. Baldwin in Taylor Machine Works and Winston County and even sweeter that we can serve and support them right here.”
Dr. Baldwin agreed that the economic benefit of keeping the equipment purchase locally was great yet the true reason for the purchase was simply that Taylor Machine Works made great equipment and always worked with their clients.
“We will be pleased to have Taylor Equipment on our new log yard,” said Dr. Baldwin. “We will be using it to process over 150 loads a day.”
Robert Taylor thanked Dr. Baldwin for the agreement and the plans for the future of Winston Plywood.
While the rain has delayed some of the Winston Plywood work, Dr. Baldwin noted plans were still on track to do machine testing in March with actual production starting in April.
“This business relationship is precious to us with them (Winston Plywood) being here (Winston County),” said Lex Taylor.
The Winston Plywood and Veneer mill includes a 285,000-square-foot facility on a 50-acre site (when the area for the former Roseburg property leased from the county is included). In total, $137 million will be invested in the project when including the former Roseburg site. The mill is set to open in March, 2016.
The Winston Plywood and Veneer is steadily building up to the 200 projected employees with about 30 employees presently.
Taylor Machine Works, a major manufacturer of power industrial trucks located in Louisville and has been building major industrial trucks for over 86 years in Winston County.