Specialty building products manufacturer Huber Engineered Woods plans to build a new oriented strand board (OSB) facility in Noxubee County, Miss. The plant will increase Huber’s production of ZIP System and AdvanTech structural panels.

“After considering multiple locations for what will be our most efficient and sustainable facility, we have decided to invest in and partner with Shuqualak, Mississippi, and the broader Noxubee County region,” said Huber Engineered Woods president Brian Carlson. “We are excited to provide new jobs to the area and will build a world-class workforce by leveraging the diverse talent in the surrounding communities. In line with our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, we have already started our permitting process in Mississippi. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with state, local, and tribal stakeholders as we move forward to ensure our facility provides long-term benefits to the community.”

The Shuqualak, Miss., location will be the sixth Huber mill in the United States, joining facilities in Georgia, Maine, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Virginia. Huber’s manufacturing operations support the needs of single-family, multifamily, and commercial builders as well as select industrial material markets.

“Huber Engineered Woods is committed to meeting demand for customers, and we are excited to do so in a state with a rich history of sustainable forestry and wood product manufacturing,” Carlson said. “Our mill will create a market for the abundant supply of smaller diameter timber, creating environmentally-focused efficiencies.”

According to Huber, the mill will be located on approximately 550 acres and will feature some of the most advanced processes and technologies available for manufacturing operations. The facility will be designed to minimize its environmental footprint, maximize energy and water efficiency, and optimize the utilization and yield of raw material inputs.