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Interfor adding 50 new jobs

First Posted: 6:01 am - June 7th, 2015

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Ashley Biles|The Thomaston Times Pictured (left to right) Scott Blackstock, IDA Board member, IDA Executive Director Kyle Fletcher, Ken McDonald, Mill Manager at Interfor, IDA Chairman Billy Johnston and Upson County Commission Chairman and IDA Board member Rusty Blackston.

While the current economic outlook for Thomaston and Upson County doesn’t include any new industries moving to town, the economy is still looking up as already established businesses are taking up the slack by expanding and adding jobs.

Intefor Corporation recently became the second local industry to create new jobs. In April, Standard Textile announced it is undergoing an expansion project which includes the addition of 53 new positions and an investment of $3.5 million.

Interfor has added 50 new jobs at its Thomaston Sawmill, adding a second shift and doubling production. The Thomaston Sawmill now has 139 employees and has a capacity of 170 million board feet of southern yellow pine lumber annually.

Interfor is the fourth largest lumber manufacturer in the world, with operations in the United States and Canada. It has an annual production capacity of 3.1 billion board feet- with more than a third of this in the US Southeast. Interfor offers one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world.

Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority Director Kyle Fletcher said the expansion at Interfor is another step forward to ‘Build Upson.’

“We are excited that Interfor is expanding in our community and look forward to working with Interfor and all of our local industries as we Build Upson,” said Fletcher.

Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.

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