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Lumber company plans $11 million investment at sawmill in Caroline County

By John Reid Blackwell
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
June 26, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A North Carolina-based lumber company has acquired the assets of the W.T. Jones & Sons Inc. pine sawmill in Caroline County with plans to upgrade the facility. Ashton Lewis Holding Co. expects to invest about $11 million at the sawmill in the Ruther Glen area of the county to establish a new specialty southern yellow pine operation, state officials announced on Friday. The investment will save 44 jobs in Caroline, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said. The W.T. Jones & Sons Inc. sawmill was established in 1970. Ashton Lewis, based in Gatesville, N.C., produces pine logs for various lumber and wood products. The company has committed to source 90% of all pine lumber purchases from Virginia forestland owners, Northam’s office said …Northam approved a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund as an incentive for the project.

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