Sterling Lumber Co., a maker of wood mats, pallets, skids, and lagging lumber, is set to build a new plant in Lufkin, Texas – to produce its TerraLam cross-laminated timber (CLT) mats. An estimated 150 jobs will be created.
According to Woodworking Network, an injection of $825,000 from the Texas Enterprise Fund grant helped make the expansion possible.
“It is very exciting to announce a significant expansion of Sterling’s manufacturing capacity in Lufkin and the Lone Star State,” said Carter Sterling, CEO. “I can’t think of a better place to continue our stated mission of supporting our colleagues, communities, customers, and company.”
Sterling’s lumber matting are primarily used by utility companies in other industries including electrical transmission, pipelines, and civil construction. The mats, which are temporary, provide access roads, work platforms, and water crossings – used to transport heavy equipment to tough locations.