The Interfor Corporation has announced that it will invest $46 million to upgrade and modernize it’s sawmill in Monticello.
The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. The project includes the installation of new state-of-the-art machine centers in the sawmill as well as upgrades to the planer mill and one new continuous lumber drying kiln. Annual lumber production is expected to double, in addition to improving product quality, product mix and mill efficiency.
That’s an increase that Monticello is glad to hear about.
“We have a great relationship with Interfor and we are thrilled to hear about this project,” said Monticello Economic Development Commission Director Nita McDaniel. “It’s great for the employees at the mill, and it’s great for Monticello.”
“Interfor is one of the largest employers in Monticello and today’s announcement shows Interfor will continue to provide good jobs for the citizens while providing a catalyst for further economic growth in the region,” said Monticello Mayor David Anderson.
Ian Fillinger, Senior Vice President and Head of Operations of Interfor, said mill leadership, employee performance, the local timber supply and rising demand for lumber made the project at Monticello a high-priority.
“Whenever a company makes an investment it represents a vote of confidence in the community, the state, and the workforce”, said Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “This $46 million investment by Interfor shows just how committed they are to Monticello, we look forward to their continued growth and success in our state.”
“The City of Monticello and the state of Arkansas have been incredibly supportive of Interfor ever since we acquired the mill in 2015,” Fillinger said. “We’re proud to be in Monticello, and we look forward to a long and successful future.”