Canfor Southern Pine, a leading integrated forest products company, will upgrade its existing Camden, South Carolina sawmill in Kershaw County. The company is projected to invest $40 million in the project, as South Carolina Dept. of Commerce reports.
The company’s Camden facility has been in operation since 1983 and manufactures dimension lumber. To accommodate its continued growth, Canfor will be installing a new planer mill, as well as new equipment throughout the sawmilling operation to address critical areas that limit production capacity. The expansion will begin this year and is expected to be completed in the 4Q 2019.
Canfor Southern Pine Vice President of U.S. Operations (East) Keith McGregor said: “The Camden facility has always been one of our top-performing mills. This $40 million capital investment will increase capacity by 50%, making it our highest-producing facility in the Southern U.S. The project will also further enhance our first quartile performance in safety and quality. With this major investment, the Camden plant will continue to be a stable and significant employer in this region, paying good wages and benefits to our valuable employees.”
Canfor Southern Pine, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Southern yellow pine lumber, operates 14 manufacturing locations in the Southern U.S. In addition to its Camden facility, the company has operations in Conway, Darlington and Marion, S.C., with corporate offices in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Canfor currently employs approximately 650 people throughout South Carolina.
Photo: Keith McGregor Canfor Southern Pine Vice President of U.S. Operations (East)