Published Jan. 9, 2013
Lumber manufacturer Canfor Southern Pine announced Wednesday plans to expand its existing production facility in Horry County.
The $3.6 million investment is expected to generate 56 new jobs.
Canfor plans to install a continuous kiln system to increase its lumber-drying capacity by 50%, according to a news release. The expansion is expected to be complete by mid-July.
The company chose the Palmetto State to expand its operations because of the quality of workforce, said Canfor’s human resources director Debbie Sand.
“We have been pleased with the quality of the employees and low turnover rates in Horry County,” she said.
The Canadian company has operated in Horry County since March 2006, when it acquired locally owned New South Cos. Canfor supplies companies such as Lowes and Home Depot with lumber stock.
“As housing recovers nationally, South Carolina’s forest resource is well-positioned to provide the raw material needed for expanding existing sawmills. Increasing demand for wood products worldwide is a good sign for forest landowners and job seekers. Growing and processing more wood is good for the economy and the environment,” said State Forester Henry E. “Gene” Kodama.
Canfor is taking applications for truck drivers, electricians and qualified machine operators. Interested applicants should visit the Conway facility to apply, at 1283 U.S. Highway 501.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.