URANIA, La. – (5/29/19) Urania is now home to Louisiana’s first lumber mill in over two decades.
Governor John Bel Edwards and LaSalle lumber company leaders celebrated the grand opening of the new facility sitting on 125 acres of land on Wednesday.
“There is not a better place in the world for a mill of this type and by the way…This is one of the most modern and technologically sophisticated mills anywhere in the world,” Governor John Bel Edwards said.
The sawmill project is a partnership between American-based Hunt Forest Products and Canadian lumber giant Tolko.
“By working together these two family-owned companies are creating 115 jobs in the mill and other job and associated facilities and 300 indirect jobs,” Douglas George, Acting Consul General of Canada in Dallas, United States said.
The town’s mayor is thrilled for the growth.
“We’re very excited… we went from a sleepy little town to 300 log trucks a day,” Mayor Terri Corley said.
Sourcing 850,000 tons of wood per year, Governor Edwards says it’s a power move to diversify the workforce and economy.