COLUMBIA, S.C. – Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC), one of the largest producers of plywood and engineered wood products in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products, is expanding its existing operations in Chester County. The company is investing $23.5 million in the facility, creating 52 new jobs in Chester, S.C.
In 2013, Boise Cascade acquired Chester Wood Products, effectively establishing the company’s first Palmetto State operations. Operating today as Chester Plywood, Boise Cascade has decided to expand its Chester County operations in an effort to better serve its growing customer base. With respect to its investment in the facility, which is located at 1445 Lancaster Highway in Chester, Boise Cascade has already begun installing new equipment and expanding the warehouse.
With a heritage dating back to 1957, and headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Boise Cascade manufactures engineered wood products, plywood, lumber and particleboard. As a national distributor, the company operates more than 30 distribution centers across the U.S.
Hiring for the new positions began in the third quarter of 2015, and will continue through the first quarter of 2016. Those interested in joining the Boise Cascade team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on the company, visit www.bc.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Chester County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
“This $23.5 million investment shows the confidence that the company has in our more than 350 employees in South Carolina and represents a sound investment in the future of this facility and of this company. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.” -Boise Cascade Company Southeastern Area Manager Chris Seymour
“We have so many great corporate citizens, like Boise Cascade, that are the driving force behind our economic development momentum, because they prove to the world that there is no better place to be doing business each time they decide to expand in our state. We look forward to seeing the positive impact that this new $23.5 million investment, and the 52 new jobs it will create, will have in Chester County.” – Gov. Nikki Haley
“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to prosper, and today, we celebrate yet another victory for that sector with the announcement that Boise Cascade is expanding its Chester, S.C. plant. I offer my congratulations to the company and the people of Chester on this terrific partnership.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Today’s announcement from Boise Cascade is more good news for Chester County! With this announcement being about an existing industrial partner, the creation of 52 new jobs and a capital investment of $23.5 million, attests to the pro-business atmosphere and dedicated leadership in Chester County. It is a Great Day to Live and Work in Chester County.” – Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart
“The Boise Cascade expansion is a great addition to our existing industrial base in Chester County. They are obviously pleased with the success of their South Carolina operations and we are excited that they continue to choose Chester!” – Chester County Development Association Chairman Brian Singleton
FIVE FAST FACTS
About Boise Cascade Company
Boise Cascade Company is one of the largest producers of plywood and engineered wood products in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products. For more information, please visit our website at www.bc.com.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, GE, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. IBM-Plant Location International reports in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce