Jackson, Miss. (April 27, 2022) – CLAW Forestry Services, LLC announced today that an affiliate is locating a state-of-the-art sawmill in Gloster within Amite County. The project represents a corporate investment of nearly $200 million and will create 131 direct jobs and support an additional 200 indirect jobs when operating at full capacity. Construction will begin this summer and lumber manufacturing will commence in late 2023 or early 2024.
The new mill will require in excess of 1 million tons of timber annually to produce approximately 250 million board feet of lumber. The facility will be located on 65 acres of land, which includes the former Georgia Pacific site. In connection with the new sawmill facility, efforts are underway to resume operation of the Gloster Southern Railroad to further revitalize industry and jobs in the underserved community.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure improvements and site development. Amite County also is assisting with the project.
CLAW Forestry plans to fill the jobs over the next four years.