By JACK WEATHERLY
Vicksburg Forest Products is reopening a lumber mill in Vicksburg it purchased from Anderson-Tully Co. in March. After significant upgrades and modifications are complete, the multi-million dollar corporate investment will create 125 jobs and expects to begin operations late next month, according to news release from the governor’s office.
Anderson-Tully, which had operated in Vicksburg since 1889, employed 158 at the time of the sale in March for an undisclosed amount. Anderson-Tully produced hardwood lumber primarily harvested in Mississippi.
Vicksburg Forest Products will manufacture southern yellow pine lumber, with a goal of producing up to 100 million board feet per year. The company plans to purchase timber from a number of landowners in the surrounding area.
“I commend the team at Vicksburg Forest Products for re-purposing the lumber mill and for bringing so many jobs to the people of Vicksburg,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in the release.
In March, Anderson-Tully Co. announced the closure of its Vicksburg operations as of May 15. Jackson-based Vicksburg Forest Products purchased the assets.
The company is currently accepting applications for employment at its guard house, which is located at 1725 N. Washington Street. Applications are being accepted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Applications are also being accepted at the WIN Job Center.
The Mississippi Development Authority provided a $400,000 grant for site improvements. The city of Vicksburg also is assisting with $100,000 in matching funds for public infrastructure.
“With 66 percent of the state’s geography comprising approximately 20 million acres of forestland in Mississippi, forestry is a strong and growing economic driver throughout the state,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr.
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