Roseburg Forest opens $200 million high-tech engineered wood plant in South Carolina

The newly opened plant features the highest-capacity LVL press in the world – is the most technologically-advanced manufacturing facility of its kind. The plant will primarily manufacture LVL structural beams for residential and commercial construction, reported Woodworking Network.

Roseburg is a manufacturer of particleboard, plywood, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), and thermally-fused laminates.

When fully operational, the plant will employ at least 145 workers.

Much of its customer base is from east of the Mississippi, and having a plant in the Eastern U.S. is a logical step, said Roseburg.

“This is an exciting strategic growth opportunity in a business that has done well for us,” Grady Mulbery, Roseburg president and CEO said in a statement. “With the continued increase in housing starts in the southeastern U.S., we see ongoing demand growth for engineered wood products in the region and elsewhere.”

This is the company’s second engineered wood plant. Its other operation in Oregon manufacturers RFPI joists, RigidLamLVL, and RigidRim rimboard.

The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, in which South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster toured the plant. Other attendees included local and state politicians, regional officials, and 100 recently-hired employees.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (left) tours Roseburg’s new state-of-the-art plant Monday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony (Image source: Woodworking Network)

Founded in 1936, Roseburg Forest Products is a privately owned company and one of North America’s leading producers of particleboard, medium density fibreboard and thermally fused laminates. Roseburg also manufactures softwood and hardwood plywood, lumber, LVL and I-joists. The company owns and sustainably manages more than 600,000 acres of timberland in Oregon, North Carolina and Virginia, as well as an export wood chip terminal facility in Coos Bay, Ore. Roseburg products are shipped throughout North America and the Pacific Rim.