Roseburg Forest Products announced on Thursday, July 1st, 2021, that it intends to build a new high-capacity lumber mill in the town of Weldon, Halifax County, North Carolina.
Construction of the state-of-the-art sawmill is scheduled to begin in Q1 of 2022, with startup scheduled for later in the year. The new 375,000-square-foot facility will be called Roanoke Valley Lumber and will be located on approximately 200 acres of land in Halifax County.
Roanoke Valley Lumber will be one of the highest-capacity sawmills on the East Coast, capable of producing as many as 400 million board feet of dimensional lumber per year. Roseburg is already the largest private timberland owner in the Roanoke Valley area, following its 2017 purchase of 158,000 acres of timberland in North Carolina and Virginia.
Once completed, the mill will also make Roseburg a significant employer in the area, with 137 new jobs anticipated over the first two years. Roseburg has contracted with BID Group to design, build and equip the sawmill complex.