Gov. Riley awards $366,500 grant to reopen Georgiana sawmill

MONTGOMERy, AL - A $366,500 grant awarded by Gov. Bob Riley will aid in the reopening of a Georgiana sawmill resulting in 250 jobs for the community.

Coastal Forest Resources Co. this month will reopen the former Chapman Forest Products mill that closed in June.

"The commitment made by Coastal to reopen this mill will have a significant, positive impact on the region," Riley said. "At the same time, Alabama's capable and dedicated workforce will help the company to make the venture a success."

The grant will be used to upgrade the city's wastewater facility to accommodate sewage from the sawmill. The improvements are necessary to meet requirements from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

A new pumping station will be installed and other upgrades will be made at the wastewater plant to handle additional sewage and address existing problems that have been cited by ADEM.

Riley notified Mayor Mike Middleton that the grant had been approved. The city is supplying an additional $73,500 for the project.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the award.

Funds for the Community Development Block Grant were provided to ADECA by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.