Sierra Pacific, U.S. second-largest lumber producer, will begin construction of a major new sawmill at Frederickson in southern Pierce County (75 km south of Seattle, U.S.). As Random Lengths reports, Sierra Pacific purchased the property earlier this year with the intent of expanding its milling capabilities in Washington, where it currently operates in Aberdeen, Mt. Vernon, and Centralia
According to Lisa Perry, quoted by Random Lengths, community relations manager for Sierra Pacific, permits have been issued to prepare the site, with clearing and grading to start in the next couple of weeks.
Perry stated that “the plan is to begin construction on a new sawmill complex in spring 2015, with lumber operations starting in 2016.” The initial mill project is estimated to provide 150 new jobs to the area, with further expansion possible.
Sierra Pacific Industries is based in Anderson, California. The firm owns and manages nearly 1.9 million acres of timberland in California and Washington, and is the second largest lumber producer in the United States.