First load shipped from Urania

LaSalle Lumber Company has shipped the first truckload of lumber from its new state-of-the-art sawmill in Urania, LA. The mill began start-up operations in December, and is expected to reach full operation by the end of March.

“We’re very happy with how the startup process has gone to date,” said LaSalle Lumber Plant Manager Nick Landi. “With the first shipment of 21,000 board feet of 2x6 pine lumber last Thursday, we believe we are right on track to achieve full operation by the end of this month, and we hope to expand to two full shifts by May.”

Landi said the first truckload was sold to Hixson Lumber Sales, a large multi-state supplier of wood products, and shipped to its treatment plant in Caddo Mills, Texas.

The new, highly-automated sawmill took less than one year to build, and currently employs 100 people. At full operation, running two 10-hour shifts, four days per week, it will employ approximately 115 people. The mill will require approximately 850,000 tons of wood annually to produce approximately 200,000,000 board feet of lumber, according to Landi.


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