Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday that a Tuscaloosa-based wood products manufacturer will build a new lumber mill in Clarke County, creating more than 100 new jobs.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, The Westervelt Company’s new facility planned for Thomasville, will produce Southern yellow pine lumber. The mill will join the company’s existing facility in Moundville, which has been operating since 1997, the release said.
“The Westervelt Company has long played a prominent role in Alabama’s booming lumber industry and has done so while promoting good environmental stewardship,” Ivey said in the release. “I’m very excited to see that Westervelt is thriving and that they are building their second mill in rural Clarke County. This manufacturing facility is going to have a major impact on this area and give dozens of people a chance to earn a living from a trusted company.”
The facility will produce approximately 250 million board feet of lumber annually and create 125 new jobs, the release said.
Construction is expected to begin mid-2019, with operations beginning in late 2020.