Egger, one of the world's leading wood-based solutions suppliers, has completed its first raw particleboard production, marking the start of operations at its new manufacturing facility in Lexington.
Employees watched as the first panel underwent the final stages of production, transforming raw wood chips into a finished board as the raw materials moved through the press and finishing line.
Production of particleboard, as well as thermally fused laminate (TFL), will be a major focus for the Lexington plant. Particleboard is usable for a large number of applications and well suited for laminate bonding due to its triple-layer structure with a sturdy core layer and a surface layer composed of finer particles.
The start of production comes as the company prepares to launch its first Egger Decorative Collection on October, 1, with a full range of decorative surface options, including TFL, lacquered boards, laminates and edge banding.
Egger's Lexington facility is the company's first manufacturing plant in North America. Development and construction of the three-phase project began in 2018.
The first phase, a state-of-the-art particleboard manufacturing plant with lamination capacities, reached a key milestone in September 2020 with the start of production. The project involves an investment of approximately $700 million and will create an estimated 770 direct jobs.