A milestone for EGGER: On 19 September 2020, the 20th plant in the world, and first in North America, began production (Photo: EGGER Wood Based Materials)
After a two-year construction period, the EGGER Group has started production at its new wood-based materials plant in Lexington, North Carolina, USA. A 440 million euro investment, this is EGGER’s 20th plant globally and the first in North America. The new location creates 400 new jobs. With an annual capacity of up to 650,000 cubic metres of particleboard in the Lexington, NC plant, EGGER is responding to the growing demand for wood-based materials in the North American market.
In good tradition, the project team gathered at the ContiRoll press to produce the first raw particleboard and proudly signed the result (Photo: EGGER Wood Based Materials)
“It is another historical milestone in the history of the EGGER family business. We are very proud that we are able to start up our 20th plant in Lexington, NC, North America,” announced Walter Schiegl, EGGER Group Management Production & Technology. “With our new plant in Lexington, NC, we will now also become a local producer and reliable partner in North America. This enables us to ensure continuous product availability and increase delivery speed. “
The new plant: More than a production site
The plant in Lexington, NC, was planned and built using the best available production technology, with a focus on the environment, and will produce raw and laminated particleboard for the North American market. When fully operational, the production capacity will be 650,000 cubic metres of raw particleboard per year, and a large proportion of which will be finished with decorative surfaces. The first short-cycle press for lamination was also put into operation in September.
In December 2019, the company was able to move into a modern office building on the site, which contains a technical training centre and a design centre in addition to around 80 workstations. Here, architects, designers, trade and furniture industry customers can get to know EGGER products and services on site.
North Carolina: Long tradition of furniture making
The location decision for the first North American EGGER plant was a well-considered step: the supply of resources, especially the most important resource – wood –, is sourced locally, and good infrastructural connections create optimal logistical conditions. The state of North Carolina is known for its long tradition of furniture production, which also guarantees the availability of qualified employees. 290 people are already employed at EGGER in Lexington, with 400 to be added in the coming months. In addition, the company has also been offering a specially developed apprenticeship programme for junior staff since 2018, establishing the dual training model in the USA, which has been successful in Europe.
EGGER Decorative Collection: Launching 1 October in North America
EGGER Decorative Collection will launch on 1 October 2020 in North America (Photo: EGGER Wood Based Materials)
The start of production at the new plant also marks the launch of the first EGGER Decorative Collection for the North American market. With the new collection, EGGER offers North American architects, designers, processors and dealers a coordinated range of decor and material combinations as well as a comprehensive service package.