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--> TROY, Ala. (AP) — A $110 million lumber manufacturing facility will be built in southern Alabama.
The Florida-based Rex Lumber Co. will build the state-of-the-art facility and create more than 110 jobs, Al.com reported.
Gov. Kay Ivey says the plant called "Project Red Fox" will produce a minimum of 240 million board feet per year. The plant will be located in an unincorporated part of Pike County.
Work on the site will begin March 15.
"Rex Lumber's new Alabama lumber manufacturing facility will not only bring high-quality jobs but will also create substantial economic benefits for the industry in the Pike County area," Ivey said.
Rex Lumber has three sawmills, two in the Florida Panhandle and the third in Mississippi, that grind out 575 million board feet per year.
WTVY-TV reports the groundbreaking for the facility is set for June 1.
The facility is Rex Lumber's third expansion in the last 17 years.
Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said the plant should create employment opportunities.
"Rex Lumber is a proven operator with an excellent track record in the forest products industry, and will be a great addition to Alabama's business community," Canfield said.
Robin Sullivan, chairman of the county commission, said the project will provide "quality, competitive-paying jobs in our area that create a better quality of life in our community."