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March 9, 2016
For Immediate Release
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Slick Rock Lumber will open a new sawmill operation in Halifax County. The company will create thirteen new jobs in the county and source seventy-five percent of its timber needs from Virginia land owners. This is the first economic development announcement in Halifax County during the McAuliffe administration and the first AFID facility grant announcement for the county.
Speaking at the announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Virginia’s forestry industry supports thousands of good jobs in our rural communities and provides important market opportunities for the Commonwealth’s private forestland owners. Partnering with a company like Slick Rock Lumber is a great way my administration can support Virginia’s forest products sector, one of Virginia’s top private industries. Slick Rock’s new facility will bring welcomed employment opportunities and economic vitality to the region, further helping with my administration’s efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”
Slick Rock Lumber will invest $535,000 in site improvements and equipment needed to open the new hard- and softwood sawmill. The company’s primary products will be railroad ties and large planks to be made into mats for use by utility, construction, and logging companies. Slick Rock is also committing to purchase more than $5 million of Virginia timber over the next three years, or 75 percent of the forestry inputs needed for the new production venture.