A 2014 tornado destroyed the Winston Plywood & Veneer plant. But Louisville held a grand opening on Wednesday to celebrate the company’s rebuilt $100 million manufacturing facility.
|Winston Plywood worked closely with the city of Louisville, Winston County and the Mississippi Development Authority to rebuild.
The MDA provided $10 million for site preparation, relocation, infrastructure and work-force training. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided a $47 million grant.
The plant currently employs 300 and is working toward full employment of 400. Sixty positions are in the process of being filled, according to David Morel, president of human resources and community relations for Winston Plywood. Operations began last fall, Morel said.
“Today is a great day for all of us who work at WP&V and believe in the promise of this great business here in Louisville,” said Winston Plywood President Jon Pierce. “We could not be more thankful for the collaboration we’ve had from Mayor Hill, Gov. Bryant and those across our community, all of whom have supported the launch of operations at this amazing facility.”
“Winston Plywood & Veneer could have rebuilt its facility anywhere in North America, but the company chose to remain in Louisville – a true testament to the quality of life in Louisville, Winston County and Mississippi, the region’s productive work force and Mississippi’s pro-business climate,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr.