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Caddo River Forest Products officially starts operations in Glenwood

Caddo River Forest Products held the grand re-opening ceremony of the Glenwood sawmill on Thursday. (KATV Photo)

A sawmill in Glenwood that has been closed for nearly 10 years will be buzzing once again.

Caddo River Forest Products held the grand re-opening ceremony of the Glenwood sawmill on Thursday. The saw mill is manufacturing both lumber and pulpwood for local paper mills.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Congressman Westerman and several local dignitaries were on hand for the celebration.

The theme Thursday was the resurgence of the state's timber industry.

“If the timber industry is not strong and vibrant, then the economy of this state is not complete,” said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

The sawmill isn't necessarily new to Glenwood. It closed back in 2010.

The mill and the timber industry took a hit during the recession. However, as the economy has revived, so has the timber industry.

Investors saw opportunity in the plant and started it again in January, initially with just five employees to receive logs.

They have since hired 90 more employees, with production starting just about two weeks ago. They expect to hire 40 more.

The project was made possible with the help of the leadership of Pike County and Glenwood, along with incentives from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

“I am so glad that we are here today to see this mill start back up, instead of seeing mills close, we are beginning to see mills open,” said 4th District Congressman Bruce Westerman.

The plant was originally built by Georgia Pacific in the 1970s.

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