Suwannee Democrat

Suwannee Democrat

September 25, 2012

Update: Klausner weighing options

Still has sights on two other possible locations to build sawmill

Live Oak — A representative for Klausner Lumber One, LLC met with the county Tuesday afternoon and asked the county to give them more time before they commit to building a sawmill here. 

Thomas Mende, facility contact with Klausner, told the county that the company wants more time to weigh their options before signing the development agreement that the county approved on Sept. 18.

Those other options may include other possible sawmill site locations in North and South Carolina in which Klausner is still considering. 

Klausner Holding USA, Inc., based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has applied for an air quality permit with the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources for a possible sawmill site in Halifax County, N.C. Klausner has also applied for an air permit for a possible site in Orangeburg County, S.C. 

"I'm not sure what their intentions are at this point," said Ben Brooks, one of the attorneys for Klausner from Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP out of Atlanta.

However, Brooks did confirm that Klausner is still looking at other sites.

"They're looking at other places and options," said Brooks.

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the development agreement from the company Tuesday night, Sept. 18. If the contract is signed by Klausner then the company is set to build a state-of-the-art sawmill in western Suwannee County. Commissioner Jesse Caruthers was not at the Sept. 18 meeting due to illness. Commissioners Clyde Fleming, Ivie Fowler and Wesley Wainwright voted in favor. Commissioner Phil Oxendine voted against.

Talks between Klausner and the county have been ongoing for almost two years.

The multi-million dollar sawmill’s location site would be located at the US 90 West and I-10 interchange.


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