Canfor Corporation will invest approximately $130 million to upgrade and expand its sawmill and planer facility in Union County, Ark. The company said the investment will enhance manufacturing and increase annual production at the facility by 115 million board feet.

“We are excited to be investing in our Urbana facility with state-of-the-art technology to modernize the work environment for our valued employees and significantly increase our ability to produce sustainable wood products that will meet the growing needs of our customers,” Don Kayne, president and CEO of Canfor, said in a news release.

The planned upgrades include improvements to the planer, sawmill, and log yard and are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2022 and will take approximately 18 months to complete. Canfor said the facility will continue to operate while the modernization project is underway.

“I am pleased that Canfor has decided to invest in its Urbana mill,” Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “Arkansas has abundant natural resources and skilled labor in the timber industry that will help Canfor meet the growing demands of its customers.”