Live Oak —
Klausner Lumber One LLC has begun the first phases of vertical construction on a sawmill that will be located at the catalyst site in Northwestern Suwannee County. According to County Administrator Randy Harris, the company is anticipating starting their operations in late July. For now, construction is underway on the multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sawmill.
The catalyst site is located Northwest of the I-10 and US 90 interchange. CenterState Bank in Jacksonville owns approximately 236 acres at the site, the county owns approximately 287 acres (25 acres not on catalyst site), and 120 acres were deeded to Klausner Lumber One LLC.
Portable concrete plant
On the south side of Klausner’s site, the contractor has installed a portable concrete plant which will be responsible for mixing all of the concrete needed for the site. The concrete plant was installed about 10 days ago and is expected to remain on the site for the duration of construction.
Largest processing building
Construction has began on what will be the largest building on the site, Harris said. This building will be responsible for processing the wood and sawing the wood into smooth boards. The building will contain saws and planes. On the north side of the site near this facility, a series of kilns have been installed where the company will cure the boards.
Wood processing facility
The contractor has also began construction on a small building located on the Klausner site which will be responsible for cutting the round logs to a particular length.
“They’re hoping to start operations at the end of July,” Harris said. “Their ability to adhere to their schedule is heavily dependent on good weather.”
If the company stays on course, Harris said Klausner could be hiring as many as 86 full-time equivalents within the first year of operations.
The company anticipates creating 350 permanent jobs and injecting $130 million in capital over three years. Construction on the site will require 700 additional positions. At its new Florida site, Klausner will work primarily with southern yellow pine.