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New $200M wood beam plant to bring 145 jobs to Chester County

Ken Elkins
July 14, 2017

An Oregon-based forest products company plans to build a $200 million structural wood plant in Chester County that will bring a much-needed 145 jobs.

Privately owned Roseburg Forest Products will build a 450,000-square-foot "technologically advanced facility" to make wooden structural beams used in residential and commercial construction.

"It's really the bones of a building," explains Steve Kilgore, senior vice president of Roseburg.

He says Roseburg is following customers to the eastern U.S., where 40% of its clients are now located.

In Chester County, state, regional and local leaders are working to create a S.C. "Highway 9 corridor" to bring more jobs and industry to the roadway that connects the city of Chester to Interstate 77.

Despite some recent economic development wins -- including a 1,700-job Giti tire plant that's under construction along the "Highway 9 corridor" -- Chester County's jobless rate has been persistently high at 5.1%, among the highest rates in the state...

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