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Lufkin sawmill to create 100 jobs

Angelina Forest Products, LLC has announced plans to open a $100 million sawmill in Lufkin by spring of 2019.

The operation is expected to create 100 full-time jobs and contribute $52 million to the Texas economy in its first year.

Angelina Forest Products Executive Vice President Stephen Raley said to decision to locate in Lufkin was based on a number of factors.

“The area offers an abundance of sustainable forest resources as well as a talented workforce familiar with the industry,” he said in a statement.

Texas A&M Forest Service assisted Angelina Forest Products with an analyses and helped survey the area around the prospective mill for timberland, softwood sawtimber and trends in growth and removals of softwood sawtimber.

“We worked closely with Texas A&M Forest Service and the analysis tools they brought to the table,” said Raley. “The data they supplied streamlined our process for siting a new mill and analyzing the sustainability of the surrounding resource supply.”

Forestry contributes $32.5 billion in economic activity, 144,500 jobs and $8.4 billion in labor income to the Texas economy. For information on statewide forestry-based economic development, visit texasforestservice.tamu.edu/EconomicDevelopment/.