St. Clair, Mich.-based Biewer Lumber will build an $85 million sawmill in Newton and create 125 jobs, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
Construction is to begin in the first quarter, with production expected to begin in early 2017. Biewer operates four Midwestern sawmills, as well as three treatment/distribution centers.
“We are pleased to be locating our new mill in Mississippi, with its abundance of timber, available workforce, and its friendly business environment,” said Biewer Lumber owner Timothy Biewer.
Mississippi Development Authority provided a $3.5 million grant for site preparation and rail and road improvements and is lending the city of Newton and Newton County up to $1.5 million for infrastructure.
“We salute the teamwork of the city of Newton, Newton County and the Mid-Mississippi Development District, who partnered with the MDA team to help bring this great company to our state,” MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough said.
Biewer customers include retail lumber yards, home centers, and manufacturers throughout the eastern United States.