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Irving Plans New $30 Million Softwood Mill in Ashland
08/19/2013 04:20 PM ET  

J.D. Irving officials say the new facility is expected to create 60 permanent jobs when it opens in the spring of 2014.

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J.D. Irving says it plans to invest $30 million in a new softwood sawmill in Ashland, creating 60 jobs. Another 50 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project, the company says in a press release. The facility is expected to be open next spring.

The round wood log supply for the new mill will come from the company's woodlands in Maine, as well as from other woodlot and timberland owners in the state.

"We are committed to growing jobs and opportunities in Maine," says Irving's Gaston Poitras, who oversees the company's sawmills, in a statement. "This new mill at Ashland will deliver new jobs and the best technology for the workers, and will be sustained by a wood supply from Maine producers."

Most of the lumber produced at the facility will be sold to major retail lumber yards across the U.S. eastern seaboard, company officials say. Customers will be able to choose products that are environmentally certified under the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is applauding the investment. "This is the kind of news we like to see in the State of Maine: a good company expanding and creating quality jobs for Maine people," he says in a statement.



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