MARENGO CO., AL (WSFA) - Two Rivers Lumber Company announced plans on Monday to build a state of the art sawmill in Demopolis, according to a press release by Governor Robert Bentley.
The saw mill will be located just south of where the Black Warrior and Tombigbee rivers come together, which is also the inspiration for the companies name. They expect to create 55 jobs initially with the hopes of ending with a total of 95 jobs total. The company said it expects many indirect jobs in the forest products industry will be created as it expands to support the operation.
"I am committed to helping the rural areas of this great state become more prosperous through business growth and the creation of new jobs," Governor Bentley said. "This investment from Two Rivers Lumber Co. will provide well-paying jobs to Alabama citizens and drive economic growth in Marengo County. Our partnership with the company perfectly aligns with the goals we've set to help rural Alabama."
Two Rivers plans to produce all sizes of Southern Yellow Pine dimensional lumber and market it throughout the United States. Upon completion, the mill will have an annual capacity of 200 million board feet. Construction is slated to begin in January 2017, with mill production expected to begin in September 2017.
"We are excited about building a new sawmill in west Alabama and what it will mean to local land owners as well as bringing quality manufacturing jobs to the area," said Jay McElroy, a principal in Two Rivers. "Planning began over a year ago and this project would not be possible without support from the City of Demopolis, the State of Alabama, and our lender, Alabama Ag Credit.
Two Rivers' new sawmill will be located in Marengo County, one of Alabama's so-called "Targeted Counties" under incentives legislation adopted in 2015, meaning the project is eligible for an enhanced benefit for job creation. These counties have fewer than 25,000 residents.
"The state-of-the-art sawmill being planned by Two Rivers Lumber Co. is precisely the kind of project we had in mind when the Legislature approved enhanced incentives for companies making investments and creating jobs in 'Targeted Counties' across Alabama," said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.