It’s an industry that helped build Louisiana and it remains a major economic driver.
The timber business has seen its ups and downs in Southwest Louisiana, but it is a survivor.
That's been made evident in a huge investment by Boise Inc. at its DeRidder mill.
Boise will invest $111 million to reconfigure a former newsprint machine to allow the company to make lightweight linerboard and corrugated material – key components of packaging.
Company officials say 440 existing jobs will be retained with 54 new direct jobs created.
The project will also result in 222 new indirect jobs for a total of more than 275 positions plus hundreds of construction jobs.
DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts called the investment “a major contribution to the economic revival that is taking place in Southwest Louisiana.”
According to the Louisiana Forestry Association, trees are Louisiana’s number one crop with an annual impact of over $3 billion.
In Southwest Louisiana, we have inherited this renewable resource and it is our responsibility to safeguard it. We are pleased to see Boise continue to be part of that process.
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