From staff and press reports
After months of planning and negotiating, Mike Peterson representing the Winston County Board Supervisors, Gerald Mills, Winston County Economic Development Director and Dr. Richard Baldwin of Winston Plywood and Veneer signed a lease for the former Roseburg property adjacent to present Winston Plywood and Veneer project being built.
“This gives them the ability for expansion,” said Peterson. He added that the former Roseburg property allows Winston Plywood and Veneer to have scales for the trucks coming in with wood, a storage space, as well as the idea for future expansion.
“This is another sign that Dr. Baldwin and Winston Plywood and Veneer are in it for the long haul,” said Mills.
The county purchased the property through a low cost TVA loan of $2 million. The county will not be out any funds since the lease payments from Winston Plywood will cover all costs.
The new lease allows better access for log transport between Winston Plywood’s present property and former Roseburg property. The lease also allows for future expansions.
Roseburg for all intents and purposes closed down the majority of the plant in 2011 and the EF-4 tornado damaged much of the plant and buildings in 2014.
Winston Plywood continues to build on its new facility with plans to complete the project in the first quarter of 2016.